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New series about Tina Brown, Anna Wintour prompts book revision

Bravo’s move to green-light a six-hour scripted series, “All That Glitters,” on the friendship and rivalry of Tina Brown and Anna Wintour, is already spawning a revision to the 1994 book “Newhouse,” which is the inspiration for the series.

“We plan to re-issue the Newhouse book with the new name ‘All That Glitters,’ with a new update on Tina, Anna, Si [Newhouse] and the gang, also how it became a TV series,and, most importantly, what it means as a watershed moment in American journalism,” said author Thomas Maier.

NBCUniversal, parent of Bravo, said no actors are assigned to the roles yet — but Maier already is rooting for some favorites.

“I’d love to see Scarlett Johansson as Tina and Cate Blanchett as Anna,” he said.

Wintour, at Condé Nast’s Vogue, and Brown, at Tatler, Condé’s Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, were among the hottest editors in late 1980s and 1990s — now seen as the glory days of the glitzy Condé Nast empire headed by Newhouse.

Universal Cable Productions and Sony Pictures Television are producing the series, according to Frances Berwick, president of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s Lifestyle Networks.

“As both bold and driven women fight their way to the top of a male-dominated industry driven by greed and betrayal, they each find new paths to change the world around them — Tina, through the intersection of high-culture and celebrity, and Anna with an instinct for high fashion and emerging talent,” said Bravo in announcing the deal as part of NBCU’s upfronts on Monday.

The Newhouse book was originally published by the Thomas Dunne imprint of St. Martin’s, but it has been out of print for some years.

Publishing rights reverted back to Maier. He sold the film option to Sony way back in 2013 while the drama, “Masters of Sex,” was in production for Showtime. “MoS” was based on Maier’s book about the pioneering sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson.

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