Jonathan Levin to Direct LITTLE GIRL LOST

     September 28, 2010

Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) will direct an adaptation of Richard Aleas’ (a pseudonym for Charles Ardai) crime novel, Little Girl Lost, for Universal Pictures.  According to Heat Vision, the book is written in the style of a classic pulp novel and tells the story of “a private dick who discovers his high school girlfriend has became a stripper … and is now dead. He then journeys to the seedy side to find the man responsible.”  Screenwriter Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) has also come on board to write the film.

Levine is currently in post-production on his upcoming “cancer comedy”, Live With It, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen.  He’s also still attached to direct the romantic-zombie-comedy, Warm Bodies.  As a fan of Levine’s The Wackness and Bacall’s work on Scott Pilgrim, I’m personally looking forward to this collaboration.  You can hit the jump to read a full synopsis for Little Girl Lost.

Here is the book’s plot synopsis via Amazon:

“Aleas’s debut barrels forth at the speed of one of the Manhattan taxis its protagonist frequently catches and contains some whiplash-inducing plot twists. John Blake, an NYU dropout turned PI, is stunned to learn that his high school girlfriend, Miranda, who he thought went to medical school and then on to lead a tame life in the Midwest, actually became a stripper. Even more shocking—she’s been murdered. Angry and confused, Blake looks into Miranda’s past, beginning at a 10th-rate strip joint owned by some unsavory characters. A dancer there helps him at her peril, and he endures some beatings himself as he nears the surprise conclusion. Still, despite the seedy settings, Aleas’s writing is more tinged with insight than blood; Blake reflects that “there is such a thing as… a sense of duty to the things of your past, even if they’re not quite as beautiful as you remember.” Gritty New York streets and scummy apartments flash by briskly, but Aleas has a detective’s eye for detail, which allows him to create some atmospheric scenes (when Blake walks through a busy section of Queens, he notes everything from the kosher certification sign in a bakery’s window to a drugstore’s “out-of-season Coppertone displays”). Tightly written from start to finish, this crime novel is as satisfyingly edgy as the pulp classics that inspired it.”

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