One of the best examples of the idea that some things never change is The Art of War. Written in the 6th century BC by Sun Tzu, the book is one of the oldest texts on military strategy in the world, employing concepts that are still used today -- influencing military thought as well as many other areas beyond the realm of war. Well, now we're seeing that theory hit the scary halls of high school. Last year, Columbia Pictures picked up a spec by Alex Sabeti for $600,000 against $850,000. Now Variety reports that the film, The Art of Cool, has a USC student director helming the project -- Josh Greenbaum -- who recently won an award at ShoWest. He's got a few shorts under his belt, but this will be his first feature.

So the story... The comedy focuses "on a geeky student who discovers the classic book The Art of War by Sun Tzu and literally uses it as a survival guide for navigating the social politics of high school." I wonder if he discovers it all by drinking a little Sun Tzu while trying to stay away to study for a big exam? Talk about prime product placement! It sounds like it could be a decent flick. One, hopefully, that will tackle the themes of high school without the over-used stereotypes that always seem to pop up. We'll have to wait and see. There is no word on when Columbia will kick this production into action, but stay tuned for all that tasty casting and production news when they do.

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