Werner Herzog To Film High School Shooting Drama, Vernon God Little

To be horrendously reductive, DBC Pierre‘s Vernon God Little was the last decade’s other popular, well-feted book about a high school massacre alongside We Need to Talk ABout Kevin. It has been adapted into a screenplay by my sometime neighbour Andrew Birkin, brother to Jane and screenwriter of Omen III, Joan of Arc and Perfume, writer-director of The Cement Garden.

Better than that, Werner Herzog has come on board to direct. It’s a funny book, in a bleak way, and he’s a funny man, after a similar fashion. He’s also great at capturing an America we don’t normally see on screen. Fantastic choice of director for this film, and indeed, a fantastic choice of film for this director.

Here’s an official blurb for the novel from Good Reads.

The surprise winner of the 2003 Man Booker Prize, DBC Pierre’s debut novel,¬†Vernon God Little, makes few apologies in its darkly comedic portrait of Martirio, Texas, a town reeling in the aftermath of a horrific school shooting.

Fifteen-year-old Vernon Little narrates the first-person story with a cynical twang and a four-letter barb for each of his diet-obsessed townsfolk. His mother, endlessly awaiting the delivery of a new refrigerator, seems to exist only to twist an emotional knife in his back; her friend, Palmyra, structures her life around the next meal at the Bar-B-Chew Barn; officer Vaine Gurie has Vernon convicted of the crime before she’s begun the investigation; reporter Eulalio Ledesma hovers between a comforting father-figure and a sadistic Bond villain; and Jesus, his best friend in the world, is dead–a victim of the killings.

As his life explodes before him, Vernon flees his home in pursuit of a tropical fantasy: a cabin on a beach in Mexico he once saw in the movie¬†Against All Odds. But the police–and TV crews–are in hot pursuit.

Here’s hoping they clear the rights to use Against All Odds on screen in the movie.