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New Line flippin’ ‘Burger’

Anderson's novel a revenge laffer

New Line Pictures has picked up the rights to fast-food comedy “Burger Wuss,” the new novel from author M.T. Anderson.

The revenge-bent laffer was brought to New Line by producer Jane Startz (“The Mighty”), who originally had optioned the rights after reading the galley proofs six months ago.

The teen-centric story focuses on one guy’s obsession with the girl who dumped him, and her new beau. Their triangle is set within America’s suburban sprawl, where a teen’s social cachet depends on which fast-food chain employs them.

Startz will produce, and New Line’s Cindy Guidry and Bryan Hickel will oversee “Wuss” on behalf of the company. Project is currently out to writers.

Though punctuated with teenage angst, story includes characters of all ages, giving it a “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”-like broad appeal.

“Wuss” was published last month by London- and Boston-based boutique Candlewick Press. It is the Harvard grad’s second novel; “Thirsty,” a darkly comic teen vampire tale was published in 1997

Penny Holroyde handled the rights’ negotiations on behalf of Candlewick.

Startz, who is familiar with adapting literary properties, also produced 1997’s “The Indian in the Cupboard.” Both “Cupboard” and 1998’s Sharon Stone starrer “The Mighty,” which were adapted from novels.

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