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Lionsgate Taps ‘Catfish’ Directors for ‘Nerve’ Movie

Lionsgate has hired “Catfish” directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman to helm its film adaptation of Jeanne Ryan’s young-adult novel “Nerve.”

Liosngate-based Allison Shearmur is producing via her Allison Shearmur Prods. banner. Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer indicated during Friday’s conference call with analysts that the studio will continue to focus its efforts on young-adult properties and leverage its success with the “Hunger Games” franchise.

Jessica Sharzer adapted the screenplay. The story centers on a former wallflower who, as a high school senior, jumps headfirst into an online game of truth or dare. As she advances, she finds herself being manipulated by a knowing community of anonymous online “watchers.”

“Nerve” was published in 2012 by Dial Books, a division of Penguin Group, and has been translated into six languages.

Joost and Schulman’s “Catfish” led to the television show of the same name on MTV, on which they serve as executive producers. They also directed the third and fourth “Parnormal Activity” movies and are in pre-production on an untitled thriller for Blumhouse, IM Global and The Weinstein Co., and attached to direct “Monkey Wrench Gang.”

Sharzer is a writer and co-executive producer on “American Horror Story.”

Joost, Schulman and Sharzer are represented by CAA.

News was first reported by THR.com.

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