Caitlin Moran’s How to Build a Girl gets film adaptation

Moran's tale of a 14-year-old "full-time Lady Sex Adventurer" will receive the Bridget Jones treatment from new production company Monumental Pictures


Caitlin Moran’s most recent novel How to Build a Girl is being made into a film. 


The novel is about 14-year-old Joanna Morrigan, who decides to reinvent herself as Dolly Wilde a “fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer”.

New production company Monumental Pictures will be giving it the Bridget Jones treatment with two female producers at the helm: Saving Mr Banks’ Alison Owen and Les Miserables’ Debra Hayward, who launched Monumental Pictures in September. 

“Caitlin Moran is the wittiest writer on the planet and her creation Johanna Morrigan stands alongside Elizabeth Bennet and Bridget Jones as one of the great female literary icons,” Hayward told Variety

“We want to make commercial movies and television with strong female characters,” added Owen. 

The book – which has sold half a million copies since its launch – will be adapted by Moran and John Niven. 

This is far from the outspoken writer’s first foray into film. Raised by Wolves, a Channel 4 sitcom based on her adolescence, is due to air in the new year, while a film version of Moran’s first book How to Be a Woman is also in the works with Film 4. Speaking to Variety in 2011, Moran said the latter is “about having the worst boyfriend ever, and how you dump him.”

As if that wasn’t enough to be going on with, Moran also told last month that she is working on another script with Niven about “a bisexual, cross-dressing opera star and swords woman”.


“Think Baz Luhmann but funny and feminist as f**k,” she said.