Pic will be distributed by Paramount

HOLLYWOOD — MTV Films wants to belong to “Adult World” and is negotiating to buy tyro writer Andrew Cochran’s comedy spec script and set it up with Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa via their Bona Fide Prods. shingle.

Tale revolves around a Stanford coed who feels she’s destined to be a poet and winds up working as a clerk in a mom-and-pop adult bookstore.

MTV Films exec veep David M. Gale and senior VP Loretha Jones will oversee the project. Pic will be distributed by Paramount.

Cochran, 23, has signed a blind script deal with MTV. The Tulane U. grad told Daily Variety the idea for “Adult World” grew out of the difficulties faced by collegians in dealing with the real world.

Berger and Yerxa brought “Adult World” to MTV. It’s their first project under a two-year first-look deal Bona Fide signed earlier this year with Par and MTV.

The duo previously produced “Election” and “The Wood” for Paramount and MTV. Berger and Yerxa also have been producers on “King of the Hill,” “Crumb” and “Cold Mountain” along with the upcoming “Ice Harvest” and “Bee Season.”

Bona Fide’s next projects are Big Beach-financed “Little Miss Sunshine,” directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Ferris and starring Steve Carell, Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette, and “Little Children,” based on Tom Perotta’s novel, with Todd Field directing for New Line.

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