Adam Shankman has been set to direct Kate Beckinsale in The Chocolate Money, based on Ashley Prentice Norton’s popular novel.
Cornerstone Films is handling international sales and will launch the title to consumers next month at the European Film Market in Berlin.
Set in New York during the 1980s, the story follows the relationship between Babs Ballentyne, an “impossibly rich” chocolate heiress, and her mature young daughter Bettina.
Beckinsale plays Babs, who is beautiful, smart and lives a rock-star lifestyle. Her daughter Bettina constantly craves her attention. With her blurred view of reality, she fantasizes about normal family life and develops a crush on her mother’s married lover, Mack. Some years later, Bettina enrolls in boarding school where she virtually goes on a self-destructive spree, partying and behaving in ways which will hopefully catch her mother’s attention. When Mack’s teenage son becomes part of her new circle of friends and her mother unexpectedly turns up on campus, she wonders if she will be ever be able forge her own identity or simply doomed as her mother’s daughter forever.