Fleck, Boden to adapt Pessl novel

Miramax Films and producer Scott Rudin have locked the “Half Nelson” team of Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden to adapt the Marisha Pessl novel “Special Topics in Calamity Physics.”

Fleck will direct the film; Boden will exec produce.

The novel is about a teen who, after spending three years of high school moving each semester with her eccentric teacher father, looks forward to the normalcy of a full senior year in a North Carolina high school. She becomes part of an upper-crust social set called the Bluebloods, and gets caught up with the rest of her group in the mysterious death of their favorite teacher. Viking published the book last summer.

Fleck and Boden take the assignment as they prep to co-direct “Sugar,” a drama about a Dominican baseball prospect with Major League dreams, who heads to the U.S. to play for a minor league team. They are also adapting to direct “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” for Paramount and producer Kevin Misher.

Rudin’s next pictures for Miramax are “No Country for Old Men,” the Coen brothers-directed adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel that premiered in Cannes and is a co-production with Paramount Vantage; and the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed drama “There Will Be Blood,” another Vantage co-production that stars Daniel Day-Lewis.

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