Purchase rights to De Grazia novel; Yost set to adapt
Independent producers Stacy Codikow (“Under the Hula Moon”) and Frederick Levy have purchased the rights to novelist Don De Grazia’s debut effort, “American Skin.”
Set in Chicago, book is described as “The Outsiders” meets “Trainspotting.” Facing foster care, a teenager rebels by joining a gang of non-racist skinheads. After unsuccessful attempts to leave gang life behind, the 17-year-old is arrested for the accidental killing of a homeless man. In prison, he’s forced to join a rival skinhead group to survive.
Daniel Yost (“Drugstore Cowboy”) is attached to adapt the tale for the bigscreen, tentatively skedded to lense this fall.
Codikow and Levy are also developing Chris Landon’s (“Another Day in Paradise”) teen thriller “Disturbia.”
Levy currently serves as VP of development and production for Marty Katz Prods.
“American Skin” was published in February by Jonathan Cape, a division of Random House.