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New Cast, Director Sign on for Film Adaptation of 'Downers Grove'

The movie, based on the thriller novel by Michael Hornburg, is set to begin filming in Los Angeles this spring, Variety reports.

Two years after the project was first announced, production is finally moving forward on the film adaptation of the novel Downers Grove.

Filming will begin in Los Angles this summer on The Curse of Downers Grove, which tells the story of a high school senior in Downers Grove, IL, who must escape a death curse, according to a Variety report.

Derick Martini, who directed the indie film Hick, is helming the script he co-wrote with Bret Easton Ellis, author of the violent novel American Psycho. The script is based on the 1999 novel Downers Grove by Michael Hornburg.

The thriller will star Lucas Till, of X-Men: First Class, and Aimee Teegarden of Friday Night Lights. Also starring are Jill Hennessy and Kevin Zegers.

The blurb on the back cover of the book reads:

Downers Grove is the haunting and tender story of Chrissie Swanson, a paranoid high school senior for whom graduating has become a matter of life or death. She's an unusual girl in an ordinary town. Her mother's sex life is overshadowing her own; her brother is aboard his own private Enterprise, slipping into one black hole after another; her best friend is hornier than a Prince song; and her eccentric grandmother has become the only source of wisdom in her rapid downward spiral..."

The film adaptation of Downers Grove was first announced by Myriad Pictures in 2010, when Nelson McCormick ("Prom Night") was set to direct and actresses Nikki Reed ("Twilight") and Hayden Panettiere ("Nashville") were set to star.

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Eileen Kenah January 31, 2013 at 01:56 PM
I was hoping that this movie never gets made. This book is by far the worst one I have ever read. The story line is horrible and does not portray Downers Grove in a flattering way. I wish they would take the name Downers Grove out of the title. I would be curious to hear if anyone else read this book and what they thought of it.
Ray January 31, 2013 at 02:12 PM
I certainly wouldn't call it a "thriller". Not especially memorable either.
Kent Frederick January 31, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Filming in Los Angeles? This reminds me of the movie Halloween. It was supposed to take place in a small town in Illinois. Yet, I've never seen orange groves in Illinois. You could pass off a lot of suburbs across North America for suburban Chicago, whether it's suburban Toronto, Westchester County, NY, etc., but very little of Los Angeles County looks like suburban Chicago. I seem to remember that the initial production was going to take place in Louisiana, which also doesn't look like suburban Chicago.
T. Navickas January 31, 2013 at 05:59 PM
I know they say not to judge a book by it's cover, but after reading the summary this book leaves you with no choice. I remember people talking about this book when we graduated from high school back in '99. I wasn't interested then and am not interested today. With all due respect to the artist's that wrote the story and are producing the movie. I just don't see success being associated with this film. It sounds like it will be like every supposed "thriller" that we are subjected to these days...blah.
Ty February 01, 2013 at 01:25 AM
This movie just keeps sounding better and better. Now that the big name actors have all dropped out (Hayden Panettiere, Nikki Reed and Rebecca De Mornay), this movie should really draw the crowds. I read the book because it was set in DG, but I couldn't even finish it because it was so bad. If they don't change the name of the movie, maybe we could change the name of our city.

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