optioned the film, television and stage rights to
INTERNET DATES FROM HELL by Erie resident,
ERIE – Paula Wagner, producer of “Mission Impossible l, ll, and lll”, “Vanilla Sky”, “Last
Samurai”, etc. has optioned the film, television and stage rights to a local author’s book
INTERNET DATES FROM HELL. This true-life story focuses on Trisha Ventker’s search for love
online. A kindergarten teacher from Long Island, Ventker moved to Manhattan on her thirtieth
birthday to find the man of her dreams. The story follows her quest of finding “Mr. Right”, while
dating over 400 unique individuals she met online. Now Ventker is happily married and living in
Erie, Colorado with her husband, Tom and four-year-old son.
“I’m always looking for projects with real audience appeal, and with Internet dating being such a
part of our techno-centric world, I was immediately drawn to Trisha's personal journey of life and
love online," Wagner said.
The book was presented to Ms. Wagner after Ventker pitched it to various Hollywood executives
at Author Solutions, Inc.’s inaugural Book-to-Screen PitchFest held July 22-23 in Los Angeles.
There is no doubt that online dating is a growing industry and has become one of the easiest ways
to find your soul mate. According to the US Census, 44% of American adults are single, 40%
have tried online dating and there are more than 120,000 marriages a year that occur as a result of
online dating. There are many online dating websites to choose from, the main ones being AOL
Personals, Yahoo! Personals, Match.com and eHarmony. There are close to 100 million single
adults living in the United States, and of those approximately 35 million will look at online dating