Nearly two years after the project was first announced, the film adaptation of the novel Downers Grove is back in the news.
TheWrap.com reported last week that indie director Ben Coccio is in talks to direct the feature film, which tells the story of a high school senior in Downers Grove, IL, who must escape a death curse.
Coccio has previously directed three films, including Zero Day and The Beginner. He recently co-wrote the screenplay for The Place Beyond the Pines, a hit at the Toronto International Film Festival, according to the report.
Sources told TheWrap that Coccio submitted an outline for Downers Grove, which is in the process of being revamped.
The screenplay for Downers Grove was written by Bret Easton Ellis, author of the violent novel American Psycho. The script is based on the 1999 novel of the same name by Michael Hornburg.
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.
Actress Rebecca De Mornay is still attached to the film, according to TheWrap.
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