Stephen Chbosky’s cultishly loved coming-of-age-in-the-'90s novel The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is finally getting a film adaptation—and in a somewhat unusual turn, the author is not only scripting the film but directing it as well. Chbosky previously wrote the screenplay for Chris Columbus’ sugarcoated adaptation of Rent, and he's now in talks with two alums of Chris Columbus’ filmography to star. According to MTV.com, Harry Potter star Emma Watson is in talks to star as love interest "Sam," which would be her first feature outside the Potter series. Logan Lerman—the new D’Artagnan in Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers, and the titular star of Columbus’ Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief—is in talks to play wallflower protagonist Charlie, a depressed and unpopular teen entering high school in 1991 and its world of sex, drugs, and alternative rock. Considering Chbosky’s novel deals candidly with drugs, sexuality, familial strife, suicide, and Rocky Horror Picture Show fandom, it’ll be interesting to see how much of that makes it to the film, considering how relatively tame Rent turned out to be. (And if it doesn't, of course, Chbosky will have no one to blame but himself.)
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