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Movie deal for 9-year-old dating author

The film studio is ready to take advice from fourth-grader Alex Greven: They have acquired the rights to his 43-page self-help book, "How to Talk to Girls." The deal was in the low-to-mid six figures.
/ Source: Reuters

Fox is ready to take advice from a 9-year-old.

The studio has acquired the film rights to “How to Talk to Girls,” a cute 46-page self-help tome written by Alex Greven, a Colorado fourth-grader.

Greven wrote “Girls” as a handwritten, $3 pamphlet sold at his school book fair. He wrote it after he noticed his peers were having some trouble talking to the ladies, though the book is geared for all ages.

Among his advice:

  • Comb your hair and don't wear sweat pants.
  • Control your hyperness (cut down on sugar if necessary).
  • A crush is like a love disease that can drive you mad.
  • It is easy to spot pretty girls because they have big earrings, fancy dresses and all the jewelry, but they are like cars that need a lot of oil.

Soon enough, HarperCollins picked up the book. It came out in November and quickly became a hit.

But initially, the books scouts at Fox — which, like HarperCollins, is owned by NewsCorp — passed on the title. But after the book hit the town last week, garnering heavy interest from multiple parties, Fox stepped back in and took the book off the table. The deal was in the low to mid- six figures.

No writers or producers are attached yet.