You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Stuber finds ‘American Rust’

'Motorcycle Diaries' duo to write, direct adaptation

Scott Stuber has acquired screen rights to “American Rust,” the debut novel from Philipp Meyer. “The Motorcycle Diaries” duo of Walter Salles and Jose Rivera are attached to helm and pen the script, respectively.

Stuber Prods. optioned the book through its discretionary fund, and Universal gets first crack at the pic via Stuber’s first-look deal at the studio.

Stuber and Pam Abdy will produce.

The story centers around two longtime friends from an economically depressed steel town in Pennsylvania whose dreams of escaping to California are dashed when they’re implicated in a crime. The novel was recently short-listed for the 2009 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.

Salles and Rivera, who first teamed on 2004’s “The Motorcycle Diaries,” have been working together on the film version of the Junot Diaz novel “The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.”

Stuber just produced “Couples Retreat,” his second successful producing collaboration with Vince Vaughn after “The Break-Up.”

ICM brokered the deal for the book and Rivera. WME reps Salles.

More Film

  • 'Blade Runner 2049,' 'Dunkirk,' 'Game of

    'Blade Runner 2049,' 'Dunkirk,' 'Game of Thrones' Win Golden Reel Awards for Sound Editing

    Scott Stuber has acquired screen rights to “American Rust,” the debut novel from Philipp Meyer. “The Motorcycle Diaries” duo of Walter Salles and Jose Rivera are attached to helm and pen the script, respectively. Stuber Prods. optioned the book through its discretionary fund, and Universal gets first crack at the pic via Stuber’s first-look deal […]

  • Film Republic Notches Deals for “The

    Berlin: Film Republic Notches Deals for “The Line,” and “M/M” (EXCLUSIVE)

    Scott Stuber has acquired screen rights to “American Rust,” the debut novel from Philipp Meyer. “The Motorcycle Diaries” duo of Walter Salles and Jose Rivera are attached to helm and pen the script, respectively. Stuber Prods. optioned the book through its discretionary fund, and Universal gets first crack at the pic via Stuber’s first-look deal […]

  • American Honey Kansas City

    Pulse Quickens Content Plans as Lars Knudsen Comes on Board (EXCLUSIVE)

    Scott Stuber has acquired screen rights to “American Rust,” the debut novel from Philipp Meyer. “The Motorcycle Diaries” duo of Walter Salles and Jose Rivera are attached to helm and pen the script, respectively. Stuber Prods. optioned the book through its discretionary fund, and Universal gets first crack at the pic via Stuber’s first-look deal […]

  • GERMANY OUTMandatory Credit: Photo by Lukas

    Berlinale: Films Boutique Takes World Sales on Vivo Film's New Title 'Flesh Out' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Scott Stuber has acquired screen rights to “American Rust,” the debut novel from Philipp Meyer. “The Motorcycle Diaries” duo of Walter Salles and Jose Rivera are attached to helm and pen the script, respectively. Stuber Prods. optioned the book through its discretionary fund, and Universal gets first crack at the pic via Stuber’s first-look deal […]

  • Kai Greene: Bodybuilder Stars in China-US

    Berlin: Kai Greene Stars in 'Crazy Fist' for All Rights Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE)

    Scott Stuber has acquired screen rights to “American Rust,” the debut novel from Philipp Meyer. “The Motorcycle Diaries” duo of Walter Salles and Jose Rivera are attached to helm and pen the script, respectively. Stuber Prods. optioned the book through its discretionary fund, and Universal gets first crack at the pic via Stuber’s first-look deal […]

  • Hong Kong Director and Animator Raman

    'Monster Hunt 2' Showcases China's Improvements - and Ambitions - in Animation

    Scott Stuber has acquired screen rights to “American Rust,” the debut novel from Philipp Meyer. “The Motorcycle Diaries” duo of Walter Salles and Jose Rivera are attached to helm and pen the script, respectively. Stuber Prods. optioned the book through its discretionary fund, and Universal gets first crack at the pic via Stuber’s first-look deal […]

  • EFM European Film Market Berlinale Placeholder

    'Leftover' Directors Set Dystopian Animated Tale 'White Plastic Bag' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Scott Stuber has acquired screen rights to “American Rust,” the debut novel from Philipp Meyer. “The Motorcycle Diaries” duo of Walter Salles and Jose Rivera are attached to helm and pen the script, respectively. Stuber Prods. optioned the book through its discretionary fund, and Universal gets first crack at the pic via Stuber’s first-look deal […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content