Berlin — Mike Tyson is in talks to star as the ax murderer in Werner Herzog‘s adaptation of DBC Pierre‘s Booker prize-winning coming-of-age novel Vernon God Little.
The producers are also in talks with Pamela Anderson and Russell Brand to join the cast of the project, which has Austin Abrams cast in the title role opposite Sasha Pieterse.
The book tells the story of a normal teenager whose startled when his best friend, Jesus Navarro, murders their classmates in the schoolyard, and Vernon is taken in for questioning. The story unfolds with Vernon existing in a hyper-real world of accusation and betrayal.
Producer Katja Eichinger — whose late husband, Bernd, bought the movie adaptation rights to the novel — is aiming to mount the production in the U.S. and Mexico this summer with Mexico’s Canana Films, co-founded by Diego Luna, fellow actor Gael Garcia Bernal and producer Pablo Cruz, aboard as a co-production partner.
Stefan Arndt of Germany’s X Filme is producing with Eichinger.
Written by Andrew Birkin (Perfume), Abrams will star with Pieterse as his love interest, while Brand will play a scheming newspaper reporter looking for an angle on the story. Anderson will play an undisclosed role in the film. Tyson’s character delivers the line in the novel that gives the book and film its title.
Hanway is hawking worldwide rights to the project here at the EFM.