'Vicious Kind' director joins 'Spectacular Now'

Lee Toland Krieger will helm adaptation of Tim Tharp novel

Lee Toland Krieger, the filmmaker behind the indie "The Vicious Kind," has come aboard to direct "The Spectacular Now," an adaptation of a coming-of-age novel by Tim Tharp.

Tom McNulty is producing the project, with 21 Laps also involved.

"Spectacular" initially was billed as a reunion of the creative team behind "(500) Days of Summer" when it was set up at Fox Searchlight, with Marc Webb attached to direct and Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber writing the script.

But Webb moved on to helm the relaunch of "Spider-Man" at Columbia, and the project was put into turnaround by Searchlight.

"Spectacular" now is a straight-up indie, with the producers and Neustadter and Weber, who also are exec producing, planning on attracting talent and financing with the help of ICM.

"Spectacular," aimed to be an R-rated teen comedy, centers on a high school senior who lives only for the moment. As a project, he begins to date a social outcast, a girl trying to plan for the future, but begins to realize he has the power to permanently impact someone's life.

Krieger's "Vicious" was a comedic drama about a man who tries to warn his brother about his new girlfriend but ends up falling for her. The movie, which starred Adam Scott and Brittany Snow, garnered the ICM-repped Krieger a Spirit nomination for best screenplay.
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