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Michael Cera, one of the stars of the upcoming Judd Apatow-produced comedy “Superbad,” has signed on to star in “Youth in Revolt,” Dimension Films’ adaptation of the best-selling C.D. Payne novel. David Permut (“Charlie Bartlett”) is producing.
Payne’s self-published “Youth in Revolt” became an underground sensation and garnered a youthful cult following throughout the world, leading to a series of books featuring a teenager named Nick Twisp. The conceit of the novels is that Twisp strives to balance out his budding sexual urges while remaining an intellectual teenager in a world of moronic adults.
The novel has been published in multiple countries, staged as a play, broadcast over the radio and has been the subject of countless fan Web sites.
In the first novel, Twisp meets the girl of his dreams while on a family vacation and he turns his life and the lives of all those around him upside down in order to be with her. Gustin Nash wrote the screenplay.
“(Payne) is an incredible writer,” Cera said, adding that part of the books’ appeal is that the author didn’t attempt to fake writing in the language of a 14-year old. “He doesn’t try to dumb it down. He just made the kid a very intelligent, well-spoken kid and wrote in his own voice.”
Cera is a huge fan of the book, having read it four times. “I have a copy signed by C.D. Payne. It’s my most prized possession.”
Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of the Weinstein Co. and Dimension Films, said the company was looking to make a “a cutting-edge film with lots of laughter.”
Permut Presentations vp production Steve Longi will co-produce along with Miranda Freiberg. The adaptation will be a co-production between Permut Presentations and Shangri-La Entertainment.
No director is set yet.
Cera, along with Jonah Hill, has been riding a wave of positive buzz off of “Superbad,” which opens Friday. Previously best known for his role as George Michael Bluth on Fox’s “Arrested Development,” Cera will next appear in Jason Reitman’s “Juno” for Fox Searchlight, which will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Cera also is reuniting with Apatow for “Year One,” a comedy directed by Harold Ramis in which he will star in alongside Jack Black.
Cera is represented by Paradigm, Thruline and attorney Jamie Feldman.
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