Pic based on Burroughs' novel about a bipolar poet

Julianne Moore is attached to star in a feature adaptation of bestseller “Running With Scissors” for writer-director Ryan Murphy.

Murphy will pen the adaptation of Augusten Burroughs’ novel, published by St. Martin’s Press, about his mother Deirdre, a bipolar poet with delusions of grandeur who falls into the care of an unorthodox male psychiatrist in the mid-1970s.

Former United Artists exec Matt Kennedy will produce.

There is no distributor yet on the pic, which producers hope to set up next year with a budget of $15 million-$20 million.

“Julianne Moore has been my favorite actress since I saw ‘Safe,’ ” said Burroughs, “and I am thrilled to trade my own mother in for her.”

Pic is being packaged by CAA, which reps Moore and Murphy. CAA and Craig Emmanuel repped Murphy in the book deal.

Murphy recently penned and will direct Gaylord Films’ “Why Can’t I Be Audrey Hepburn,” for Warner Bros. That pic is in pre-production and will shoot early next year. Gaylord prexy Hunt Lowry and head of production Casey LaScala will produce.

Murphy created the WB show “Popular” and previously had a two-year overall TV deal at WB.

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