Eric Roth, the pen behind Forrest Gump, The Insider, and Munich, is in talks to adapt the novel, which follows the disappearance of a 12-year-old boy in Las Vegas. Think Lovely Bones, but instead of an eerie account of a girl's death and its aftermath, this is a seedy story set in Sin City. According to the Washington Post review up on Amazon, the kid is a spoiled brat who runs away into a raunchy environment where one girl even cuts her nipples open for a floor show. However, while it just sounds raunchy, the review also says that even though it's not polished, the novel "deserves to be read more than once because of the extraordinary importance of its subject matter and the sensitivity with which he treats it." Whether that sensitivity makes its way to the big screen -- we'll have to wait and see.
But this isn't the only project in the works for Yerxa and Berger. They're finalizing the money for The Undeniable Charm of Sloppy Unruh, a comic fable starring Patrick Wilson, Zooey Deschanel, Amy Ryan, Seann William Scott, and John Doe, and they are also reteaming with Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Ferris for the Tom Perrotta adaptation The Abstinence Teacher.