Deadline reports Friday that Saint Mazie, Jami Attenberg’s 2015 novel of the same name, has been optioned by producers Helena Bonham Carter and Faye Ward to become a television miniseries. In addition to her role as producer, Bonham Carter will star in the miniseries as Mazie Gordon-Phillips, a fascinating woman who played a crucial role in the lives of New York City’s homeless residents in the early 20th century.

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In a statement to Deadline, Ward said:

“Our story unveils a woman in the middle of her life, a local legend who lifted the spirit of a community and yet barely moved beyond the perimeter of two square miles. She was in love with the streets and the people, she saw beauty in the dirt. It is exciting to think of Helena on screen oozing the spirit of this courageous woman. [Writer Clara Brennan’s] witty and political voice is perfect for Mazie and her world.”

In an interview with Jezebel last year, Attenberg described Mazie as a “deeply flawed, self-indulgent, extremely boozy” woman who had “quite a mouth on her.” That should make for some great TV.


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