According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tinseltown's next silver screen adaptation of a YA book might be... GOOD! And you know why? Cos they've actually chosen an awesome book!!! It's weird how that works, isn't it?
Focus Features has purchased the rights to It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini, which was one of my top faves from 2006 (expect a review on FYA... some day). According to the article:
The budget for the Focus pic will be in the $8 million range, with shooting set to begin in the late fall. Producers are out to cast, with the goal of bringing on a name-driven adult ensemble and a number of discoveries for the teen roles.
The WME- and Management 360-repped Fleck and Boden gained acclaim with their debut feature Half Nelson, which told the story of several New York City students and their devoted but crack-addicted teacher (Ryan Gosling).
I'm relieved to see that the book is actually in good hands (hands that have probably touched Ryan Gosling, UM SIGH). I found the story to be a realistic and compelling exploration of teen suicide without all of the PSA-type cliches, and I hope the movie will maintain Vizzini's thoughtful yet wonderfuly quirky tone.
I can't wait to see who they cast as Noelle...