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Paramount, MTV ready to ‘Rock’

Paramount Pictures and MTV Films have optioned the Gordon Korman novel “Born to Rock” and set sibling team Gavin and Greg O’Connor to develop it under their Solaris banner as a potential directing vehicle for Gavin. The comedy revolves around a teenager whose Harvard dreams get dashed when his scholarship is revoked after an ethics scandal. He discovers that his mysterious biological father is the lead singer of a legendary ’80s punk band that’s mounting a comeback. The youth becomes a roadie in hopes of prying tuition money from his father after bonding with him. To be published next year by Hyperion, the novel made the rounds in New York last week, and Paramount’s New York office mobilized interest from the studio and MTV.

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