With only two installments left in the highly lucrative Hunger Games series, Lionsgate/Summit is continuing to mine YA properties for feature film fare, and now Heat Vision reports that Lionsgate has tapped Catfish directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman to direct an adaptation of the Jeanne Ryan novel Nerve. The story revolves around a high school senior who takes part in a global online game of truth or dare that plays out as “watchers” vote and comment (with her fate left to internet commenters, what could possibly go wrong?). As the game escalates and the girl advances higher and higher, she finds herself in grave danger.
Joost and Schulman followed up the provocative Catfishwith Paranormal Activity 3 and Paranormal Activity 4, but they’re currently in pre-production on an untitled thriller for Blumhouse so Nerve likely won’t be their next film. That being said, this certainly feels like a solid fit between director and material, so it’ll be interesting to see what they put together. Jessica Sharzer (American Horror Story) penned the script for the adaptation. Read the synopsis for the novel after the jump.
Here’s the synopsis for Jeanne Ryan’s novel Nerve:
When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it’s exhilarating–Vee and Ian’s fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they’re directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they’re playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE? [Amazon]