If anyone has made a successful jump from novels to film, it's Bret Easton Ellis. Half of his films have been adapted -- Less Than Zero, American Psycho, and The Rules of Attraction. The other half are either in development or just wrapping production -- The Informers, Glamorama, and Lunar Park. Topping all that off, he's also been writing other scripts. The Frog King, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt is still on the go, and now The Hollywood Reporter posts that he'll adapt Michael Hornburg's novel called Downers Grove.

Methinks Mangrove Entertainment, who are financing the project, are looking for some Juno fame of their own. The book focuses on Crystal Methedrine Swanson, a youthful wisecracker with a "relentlessly vernacular teenage voice." But unlike Juno, this flick is darker.

THR describes her as "a paranoid high school senior for whom graduating has become a matter of life or death." That sounds kind of goofy, but her reasoning makes things interesting. She's about to graduate from a school with a "curse" -- someone in the senior class always dies. When some jerks try to rape her, she beats up a jock and starts getting harassed by him and his buddies -- to the lengths that they "strew dead dogs on her lawn." Not surprisingly, this young girl becomes paranoid that she'll be the next senior to die.

There's a long way to go before they get a director and some stars, but I wonder if they can find someone other than Ellen Page to be the snarky, tough teen?
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