Werner Herzog Bringing DBC Pierre's VERNON GOD LITTLE To The Screen

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Indie maverick Werner Herzog knows a thing or two about provocation, which makes him the perfect man to direct a screen version of DBC Pierre's acclaimed novel Vernon God Little. It's good news, then, that he's doing exactly that.

Variety bring word that Herzog will be tackling a film based on the satiric novel, working from an adaptation by Andrew Birkin. A darkly comic spin on life post-Columbine it's a school shooting story, yes, but not the sort you're thinking of. Here's the synopsis from Amazon:

When sixteen kids are shot on high school grounds, everyone looks for someone to blame. Meet Vernon Little, under arrest at the sheriff's office, a teenager wearing nothing but yesterday's underwear and his prized logo sneakers. Moments after the shooter, his best buddy, turns the gun on himself, Vernon is pinned as an accomplice. Out for revenge are the townspeople, the cable news networks, and Deputy Vaine Gurie, a woman whose zeal for the Pritikin diet is eclipsed only by her appetite for barbecued ribs from the Bar-B-Chew Barn. So Vernon does what any red-blooded American teenager would do; he takes off for Mexico.

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