Suddenly, the little story of a woman on the prairie is not so little anymore. Ree Drummond, better known as The Pioneer Woman, is about to go Hollywood. Drummond's food-centric blog may be her claim to fame, but it's her serialized -- and sometimes soapy -- chronicle of her unlikely romance with her now-husband that has Tinsel town entranced. Columbia Pictures has optioned the book under the title "The Pioneer Woman," and Reese Witherspoon is rumored to be attached to the project.
It's not surprising: "Black Heels to Tractor Wheels" has all the trappings of a big-screen rom-com, and Drummond has a huge built-in fan base. The book (which will be published by William Morrow in February 2011) captures the intoxicating nature of unexpected romance, and it's all the sweeter because it's a true story. After living in Los Angeles for years, Drummond made a pit stop to visit family in Tulsa on her way to live in Chicago. Days later, she met "Marlboro Man," an Oklahoma rancher with no desire to trade in his cowboy boots. Sparks fly; cue the swelling closing credits.
Drummond, who now has four children with Marlboro Man (his real name is Ladd) alluded to the deal early Thursday on her Twitter account: "My gosh," she wrote. "I go out to feed cattle for a few hours and look at what happens!" A few minutes later, she posted an explanation: "Confirmed: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels (the book, not the blog) was optioned. Think Green Acres meets Harlequin Romance meets Forest Gump."
She describes the book thusly on her website: "Grab a cup of coffee. Curl up with a blanket. Have a box of Kleenex and a fan handy. Here's the complete saga (to date) of the rip-roaring true story of how I met my husband, Marlboro Man, and how I went from spoiled city girl to domestic ranch wife in the blink of an eye. "
For all of Drummond's "aw, shucks" attitude, this is not exactly her first brush with fame. Her first cookbook, "The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl" was released late last year and quickly hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list. She made the rounds of the early morning television talk shows, and every one of her book tour stops was packed. But she's quick to give her fans credit for her success. Later in the day Thursday, another tweet went out: "Thank you guys for being so nice and wonderful. If the movie gets made, you're ALL invited to the premiere! Heh heh."
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