Cherry picks Chick’s ‘Loverboy’

Hyde, Morgan will produce Nersesian adaptation

Writer-director Austin Chick is adapting Arthur Nersesian’s novel “Manhattan Loverboy” with an eye to direct for Cherry Road Films.

Nersesian’s novel follows a young Columbia U. student who must deal with the consequences of angering a powerful CEO, leading to a quasi-existential battle between individual and corporation.

Cherry Road principals Bo Hyde and Kendall Morgan will produce.

Cherry Road’s development head Tommaso Fiacchino said, “Austin has the right sensibility to turn this into a funny yet shockingly realistic film.”

Chick wrote and directed “XX/XY,” starring Mark Ruffalo, which preemed at Sundance in 2002 and was released by IFC Films last year.

Cherry Road is developing “Loverboy” outside its deal with Warner Independent Pictures, which was established last year as a co-production and development fund covering eight to 10 projects a year.

Shingle is in pre-production on Richard Kelly’s “Southland Tales” and produced First Independent Pictures’ upcoming pic “Mail Order Bride,” directed by Andrew Gurland and Huck Botko.

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