Fleck, Boden taking 'Physics'


Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, the duo behind the critically acclaimed drama "Half Nelson," have signed on to adapt the teen novel "Special Topics in Calamity Physics" for Miramax. Scott Rudin is producing.

Fleck and Boden will write the adaptation, with Fleck attached to direct. Boden will executive produce.

The novel, written by Marisha Pessl and published in August, centers on a teenage girl who, after spending years of high school moving each semester with her eccentric teacher father, settles in a small North Carolina town for her senior year. There she becomes part of an upper-crust social set called the Bluebloods and gets caught up in the mysterious death of their favorite teacher.

Pessl worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers before writing her novel.

"Nelson," written by Fleck and Boden and directed by Fleck, was a critics' and awards darling and netted star Ryan Gosling an Academy Award nomination this past Oscar season. The pair are working on "Sugar," a tale of a Dominican baseball player in the U.S. minor leagues, which is being produced by Journeyman Pictures and Hunting Lane Films, the companies behind "Nelson."

The duo is repped by WMA.