Perhaps buoyed by the success of the Vogue-skewering The Devil Wears Prada, Number 9 Films is getting serious about its screen version of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, a bestselling memoir about journalist Toby Young's "disastrous stint as a contributing editor for Vanity Fair." In his book, Young is hard on both himself (specifically his pathetic attempts to "ingratiate himself with celebrities and impress supermodels") and Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, as well as "the self-importance of the entire Vanity Fair machine."

Though the part of Carter (called Clayton Harding in the screenplay; Vanity Fair is called Sharps magazine -- fewer lawsuits that way) is yet to be cast, Young will be played by Simon Pegg, which probably means the movie is going to be good. Written by Peter Straughan, the film version of Young's story will mark the big-screen directorial debut of Curb Your Enthusiasm director Robert B. Weide; production is expected to begin next spring.