According to Variety, Paramount Pictures has acquired screen rights to Rachel DeWoskin's just-published memoir "Foreign Babes in Beijing" for Frank Darabont's Darkwoods Prods. to produce.

In the book published by W.W. Norton & Co., DeWoskin tells how, as a 21-year-old poetry major looking for adventure, she headed to China to work for an American PR firm. On a whim, she tried out for an acting job-- and became an overnight sensation as the American vixen of a Chinese soap opera.

DeWoskin arrived in China shortly after the military crushed a youth-led move toward democracy in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Her book reports on changes in Chinese youth culture since that event despite the governmental crackdown.

Foreign Babes is "surprising, sexy and hilarious, a hip clash-of-cultures comedy with fantastic roles for women," said Darabont, whose Darkwoods has a first-look deal at the studio.

Darabont will produce with Darkwoods partner Anna Garduno, who brought in the book. Darkwoods exec Denise Huth will oversee the title with Par execs Marc Evans and Brad Weston.