Fox Atomic has picked up the film rights to Larry Doyle's debut novel "I Love You, Beth Cooper", and set it up with Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan to produce through their 1492 Pictures.

Variety reports that Doyle, a magazine writer and TV screenwriter, will pen the screenplay.

As with any project 1492 produces, "I Love You, Beth Cooper" is a potential directing vehicle for Columbus.

The comic romp follows the adventures of geeky high school valedictorian who decides he has nothing to lose by making a play for a popular cheerleader, declaring his love during the graduation speech.