Summit to Pick Up PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER Starring Emma Watson and Logan Lerman

     January 24, 2011

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In May we heard Emma Watson (the Harry Potter series) and Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) are teaming up for an adaptation of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  John Malkovich is independently producing the feature, but Perks was unable to land a studio home before the end of 2010 — even with this package.  That should change.  And soon.

Vulture hears Summit Entertainment is in talks to pick up the coming-of-age film with plans for a June shoot.  Chbosky plans to write and direct the adaptation.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower tells the story of a teen who assumes the alias “Charlie” (Lerman), and describes the various events of his high school life in letters to an anonymous person.  Watson would play Charlie’s friend Sam.  Hit the jump for the full synopsis and a look at the two stars’ upcoming projects.

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Charlie, the wallflower of the title, goes through a veritable bath of bathos in his 10th grade year, 1991. The novel is formatted as a series of letters to an unnamed “friend,” the first of which reveals the suicide of Charlie’s pal Michael. Charlie’s response–valid enough–is to cry. The crying soon gets out of hand, though–in subsequent letters, his father, his aunt, his sister and his sister’s boyfriend all become lachrymose. Charlie has the usual dire adolescent problems–sex, drugs, the thuggish football team–and they perplex him in the usual teen TV ways. Into these standard teenage issues Chbosky infuses a droning insistence on Charlie’s supersensitive disposition. Charlie’s English teacher and others have a disconcerting tendency to rhapsodize over Charlie’s giftedness, which seems to consist of Charlie’s unquestioning assimilation of the teacher’s taste in books. In the end we learn the root of Charlie’s psychological problems, and we confront, with him, the coming rigors of 11th grade, ever hopeful that he’ll find a suitable girlfriend and increase his vocabulary. [Amazon]

Emma Watson will next be seen opposite Kenneth Branagh and Michelle Williams in My Week With Marilyn.  Lerman plays D’Artagnan in Paul W.S. Anderson’s adaptation of The Three Musketeers, in theaters October 14.

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