It's been a really long time since we last saw Tom Wolfe's work on the big screen. It was 1990, with Brian De Palma's take on The Bonfire of the Vanities. Almost twenty years later, we're getting our next helping with a little Simmons, and the project has found itself a director. The Hollywood Reporter has posted that Liz Friedlander has signed on to helm the adaptation of Wolfe's I am Charlotte Simmons. Friedlander helped Antonio Banderas Take the Lead in 2006, and is also responsible for music videos from the likes of Celine Dion, R.E.M., and Blink 182.

I'm finding the choice a little surprising considering her light fare, but then again, The Invasion of the Body Snatchers director helmed The Right Stuff, so it isn't like Wolfe directors haven't proven themselves in other genres. And it should be a very different movie than The Rules of Attraction, although the two works share a number of similarities. I am Charlotte Simmons follows the story of a young freshman from a small town who has started her first semester at university. The novel diverges from Ellis with political turmoil and sports, but some things ring very familiar -- specifically, the young girl rooming with the sexpot who wants to bed the entire team, while she loses her own virginity in a scary way.

John Watson, who wrote Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, is adapting the novel, and I imagine we'll hear more once a script is in order. But in the meantime, any suggestions on who should play Charlotte?
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