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Werner Herzog to helm ‘Vernon God Little’

Andrew Birkin has adapted Texas-set novel

LONDON — Werner Herzog is set to helm a feature adaptation of D.B.C. Pierre’s novel “Vernon God Little,” the director announced at the German Kinemathek in Berlin on Monday.

The script has been penned by Andrew Birkin, whose credits include “Name of the Rose,” “The Cement Garden” — for which he won the directing prize in Berlin — and “Perfume.”

“Vernon” is a coming-of-age story set in Texas about a teenager caught up in the aftermath of a high-school shooting committed by his best friend.

“Vernon” was the last project developed by Bernd Eichinger as a producer before his death, and is now being produced by his wife Katja Eichinger, alongside X-Filme’s Stefan Arndt (“Cloud Atlas”). Katja Eichinger is a former Variety journalist.

Herzog’s credits include “Fitzcarraldo,” for which he won best director in Cannes, “Grizzly Man,” which earned him the DGA award for docu helmer, and docu “Encounters at the End of the World,” which was nommed at the Oscars.

More recently he completed feature docu “Into the Abyss” and a companion piece, the docu series “On Death Row,” in which he interviews condemned prisoners in Texas and Florida.

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