“Life Will Be the Death of Me,” the bestselling memoir by Chelsea Handler will be adapted for the small screen.
Universal TV won the rights to Handler’s memoir in competitive multi-studio bidding. Now, the television network will be developing the novel’s TV series with Handler as an executive producer.
Handler’s Life Will Be the Death of Me hit the shelves back in April through publisher Penguin Random House. As per the official description of the memoir, it chronicles “the funny, sad, super-honest, all-true story of Chelsea Handler’s year of self-discovery—featuring a nerdily brilliant psychiatrist, a shaman, four Chow Chows, some well-placed security cameras, various family members (living and departed), friends, assistants and a lot of edibles.”
This won’t be the first time a TV series will be adapted from one of Handler’s bestselling novels. Her 2008 bestseller “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea” was picked up by NBC as a series back in 2012. The show starred Laura Prepon (That 70’s Show, Orange is the New Black) and Ali Wong (Always Be My Maybe, Baby Cobra). It aired for one season on the network.
The first-look deal for Handler’s memoir follows the comedienne’s stand-up comedy comeback. Handler will hit the road to continue her book tour with additional shows in North America kicking off this November.
Handler has been on a roll recently. Her Netflix documentary Hello, Privilege. It’s Me Chelsea had a successful debut back earlier this month. It documents white privilege in American culture, particularly how Handler herself benefited from it.