Already contracted to adapt Wendelin Van Draanen's Flipped for the big screen, Nora Ephron -- who is writing the screenplay with her sister Delia -- is now in talks to the direct the film for indie production company, East of Doheny. The film, based on one of those ubiquitous young-adult novels, is about "the relationship of two kids who lock horns at age 7 and share their first kiss at 13." While Variety's tepid description of the book's plot makes it sounds sort of like a more elaborate My Girl, expect without the bees, the reviews at Amazon suggest that it's actually pretty wonderful. For example, Juli Baker (the girl half of the almost-couple) "devoutly believes in three things: The sanctity of trees ... , the wholesomeness of the eggs she collects from her backyard flock of chickens, and that someday she will kiss Bryce Loski." Call me crazy, but a seven-year-old that set in her ways is someone I want to get to know. The distinct, likable voices of the kids are apparently key to the book's success, so the test for the Ephrons will be to successfully transfer them to the screenplay. (Of course, the fact that Nora specializes in sap is not very encouraging, but there's always hope, right? I mean, she and Delia did write Bewitched.)
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