Salma Hayek’s (Frida, Desperado) Ventanarosa Productions will develop an adaptation of Leslie Lehr’s book A Boob’s Life: How America’s Obsession Shaped Me—and You for HBO Max, according to Deadline. The adaptation will be the first from Ventanarosa in their first-look deal with HBO.
Lehr’s book is a nonfiction exploration of “how America’s obsession with the female form has affected her own life’s journey and the psyche of all women today,” according to Lehr’s own website. However, the series adaptation will be a more fantastical take, while exploring the same themes.
The show will be a thirty-minute comedy series about a forty-year-old woman whose breasts start talking to her, amid her own personal crisis, according to Deadline. As described by the Deadline article, “The show blows open the reality of life in a female body in a culture that is obsessed with breasts.”
Hayek will executive produce the show with Jose Tamez and Siobhan Flynn under Ventanarosa, according to Deadline. In addition, Melissa Oman and Julie R. Snyder will executive produce under their own Wheeler Girl Productions. Cynthia Mort (Tell Me You Love Me) will write, executive produce and helm the series as showrunner.
Hayek praised HBO for allowing them to explore their novel idea.
“We are so appreciative that HBO Max was insightful and bold enough to develop this show with us,” Hayek said, according to Deadline. “In A Boob’s Life, we use breasts as a metaphor for the constant judgement women are submitted to, creating a collective sensation that no matter what we do we are never enough. In this show, we give the breast a voice that takes us through the life of a woman from a unique perspective that often we don’t dare to see.”