Warner Premiere, the studio behind blockbuster-style online series Mortal Kombat, Aim High, and H+, won the rights to develop a live-action digital series based on young adult novel Kiss & Makeup by Oxford, Mississippi author Katie D. Anderson.
Kiss & Makeup, which will be published through Amazon’s Children’s Publishing in October, is a magical romantic comedy following Emerson Taylor, a 16-year-old lip gloss addict who discovers during her first kiss that she is able to get glimpses of a guy’s past when his lips meet hers—an inverse of 2000 Mel Gibson comedy What Women Want, if you will.
“As the mother of two young girls, my goal is to create books that promote a positive message for young adults. If I can achieve that with a killer hook like a kiss that can read minds, well then, that’s all the better,” Anderson said.
Kiss & Makeup‘s young protagonist quickly learns how to use her gift to steal secrets, memories, and even test answers from unsuspecting brainy boys. But when a school competition and a secret crush force her to forego her gift and study the old-fashioned way, Emerson risks losing her newfound reputation among the academic elite—and the guy she loves. Set against the glam backdrop of her aunt’s top-selling cosmetics business, Emerson’s story reveals how she “makes over” her previously selfish ways and finds that true beauty always wins out in the end.
Dan Romanelli, an entertainment and consumer products executive, in association with Norm Marshall & Associates, is exploring potential cosmetic partnerships with several major international brands.