Funny or Die’s Former Head Writer to Direct Elizabeth Banks’ ‘White Girl Problems’

Lauren Palmigiano is set to make her feature directorial debut at the helm of the comedy based on Babe Walker’s best-seller

Lauren Palmigiano

Funny or Die former head writer Lauren Palmigiano is set to direct “White Girl Problems” for Lionsgate based on Babe Walker’s best-seller, an individual confirmed to TheWrap.

It will mark the feature directing debut for Palmigiano.

Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman are producing “White Girl Problems” through their Brownstone Productions banner. The producing duo sold it to Lionsgate back in 2013.

The 2014 Nicholl Fellowship winners Alisha Brophy and Scott Miles adapted the book to the screen.

First published in 2012,”White Girl Problems” follows a young woman with a huge social media following who melts down one afternoon after spending about a quarter of a million dollars in Barney’s and ends up in shopping rehab, where she decides to write about her life — telling tales of excess and meaningless problems.

“I hate my horse. Every job I’ve ever had is the worst job I’ve ever had. He’s not a doctor, a lawyer, or a prince. I’ll eat anything, as long as it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb, low-fat, low-calorie, sugar-free, and organic,” she says.

Palmigiano is the creative mind behind dozens of Funny or Die’s video and creative content. She recently directed the Soul Pancake-produced pilot “Hollywood & Vine” for ABC Family and “Homeroom” for Nickelodeon.

Palmagiano also wrote, directed and produced the short feature “Cried Suicide” which starred Sarah Burns  and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Lionsgate had no comment.

Palmigiano is repped by CAA and managed by Greg Walter and Olivia Gerke at 3 Arts Entertainment.