Fox Atomic bets on ‘Beth’

Columbus' 1492 to produce Doyle's debut

Fox Atomic is falling head over heels for Larry Doyle’s debut tome “I Love You, Beth Cooper.”

Studio specialty arm has picked up the film rights to the novel and set it up with Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan to produce through their 1492 Pictures.

Doyle, a magazine writer and TV scribe, will pen the screenplay.

As with any project 1492 produces, “Beth Cooper” is a potential directing vehicle for Columbus.

Comic romp follows the adventures of geeky high school valedictorian who decides he has nothing to lose by making a play for a popular cheerleader, declaring his love during the graduation speech.Doyle’s TV credits include “The Simpsons” and “Beavis and Butt-Head.” He writes for a number of mags, including the New Yorker and Esquire.

“Beth Cooper,” which hit bookstands earlier this month, has landed on a number of summer reading lists. Tome was published by HarperCollins imprint Ecco.

Fox Atomic is currently in theaters with sequel “28 Weeks Later,” which opened over the weekend at No. 2, taking in roughly $10 million. Fledgling specialty unit will release “The Comebacks” on Oct. 26, and is preparing to go into production this summer with “The Rocker.”

Doyle is repped by CAA and the Gernert Co.

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