YA Adaptation 'Tribes of Palos Verdes' Zeroes In on Malloy Brothers to Direct (Exclusive)

Brendan and Emmett Malloy - H 2015
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Brendan and Emmett Malloy - H 2015

Jennifer Garner, Maika Monroe and Tye Sheridan will star in Relativity's drama.

The Malloy brothers, Emmett and Brendan, are in talks to direct The Tribes of Palos Verdes, Relativity's adaptation of Joy Nicholson's young adult novel.

D.J. Caruso, who was previously attached to direct the drama, had to exit due to scheduling conflicts but will stay on the film in some sort of producing capacity.

Jennifer Garner, Maika Monroe (The Guest, Labor Day) and Tye Sheridan (Joe, Mud) are starring in the film, which is set in the affluent beach community of Palos Verdes, Calif. The story, based on Nicholson's 1998 debut novel, centers on two teenagers, Medina (Monroe) and Jim (Sheridan), who move to the beach town from Michigan with their parents. Their mother (Garner) teeters on the brink of a nervous breakdown while their father becomes a surgeon to the stars. Medina turns to surfing to escape her troubled home life.

Karen Croner (Admission, One True Thing) wrote the screenplay for the film. Robbie Brenner and Kevin McKeon will oversee the film on behalf of Relativity, which is developing the film under its new specialty division, R2 (R squared). As The Hollywood Reporter exclusively reported, Relativity is launching the new division in hopes of becoming a more prominent awards season contender.

The Malloys should feel right at home in the surf culture setting of The Tribes of Palos Verdes. They, along with musician Jack Johnson, directed the 2000 surf doc Thicker Than Water and the 2004 surf doc A Brokedown Melody. They also helmed the 2001 snowboarding comedy Out Cold.

The Malloy brothers, who have been nominated for a DGA award for their commercial work, are also prolific music video directors who have helmed videos for Vampire Weekend, Weezer, Sheryl Crow and Justin Timberlake. They're repped by ICM Partners and MGMT Entertainment.