Allison Burnett to helm pic based on his novel

“The First Time” star Britt Robertson is set to topline director Allison Burnett’s “Undiscovered Gyrl,” an indie drama based on Burnett’s novel of the same name that was published by Vintage Books in 2009.

Robertson will star as Katie Kampenfelt, an emotionally-troubled and imaginative high school graduate who decides to take a year off before college and start a blog as her life begins to spiral out of control. A funny, erotic and poignant record of a young soul in peril, her blog gives her readership a rare, voyeuristic look into her exploits filled with men, alcohol and an insatiable desire to fill the void left by an absent father.

Robertson, who got her start on the CW series “Life Unexpected” and “The Secret Circle,” recently appeared in “Scream 4″ and starred opposite Dylan O’Brien in Jon Kasdan’s romantic comedy “The First Time.” Thesp is currently filming the DreamWorks comedy “The Delivery Man” with Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders.

A veteran multi-hyphenate best known for writing Screen Gems’ “Underworld: Awakening” and “Untraceable,” Burnett made his feature directorial debut with the 1997 pic “Red Meat,” which starred Lara Flynn Boyle and John Slattery. His other writing credits include “Autumn in New York,” MGM’s “Fame” remake and the Amanda Seyfried starrer “Gone.”

Robertson is repped by Innovative Artists and Jackoway Tyerman, while Burnett is repped by the Gersh Agency and Skrzyniarz & Mallean.

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