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SONY Pic­tures En­ter­tain­ment has pur­chased the film rights to Face­book Inc COO Sh­eryl Sand­berg’s best­selling mem­oir on fe­male em­pow­er­ment, Lean In, a source fa­mil­iar with the deal said re­cently.

Sony Pic­tures’ Columbia Pic­tures di­vi­sion will han­dle de­vel­op­ment of the script, which will be based on the book’s themes and not on Sand­berg’s life. The script will be writ­ten by Nell Scovell, who helped Sand­berg pen the book. And Sand­berg will do­nate her por­tion of pro­ceeds from the deal to her Lean In foun­da­tion.

The deal was first re­ported by in­dus­try web­site Dead­line Hol­ly­wood. Sony Pic­tures spokesman Charles Sip­kins de­clined to com­ment.

Lean In reignited de­bate over women’s op­por­tu­ni­ties in the pro­fes­sional world af­ter it was pub­lished last March. It fo­cuses on ways for women to at­tain more power in the workplace, in­clud­ing how to com­mand more re­spect from col­leagues.

At age 44, Sand­berg is con­sid­ered to be one of the world’s youngest bil­lion­aires af­ter shares of Face­book rose last month and made her one of the few women to cross the US$1bil (RM3.3bil) mark in net worth.

Sand­berg worked for the US Trea­sury Depart­ment and Google Inc be­fore join­ing Face­book in 2008. – Reuters

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