Josh Schwartz has been set to write and direct a new take on the 1984 Jay McInerney novel Bright Lights, Big City for MGM. This will mark his feature directorial debut.

According to Variety, Schwartz will produce the film with Stephanie Savage.

The novel revolves around a disillusioned magazine writer who numbs the pain of a failed marriage and writer's block with drugs, alcohol and nightly carousing. It was made into a film in 1988 starring Michael J. Fox and Kiefer Sutherland.

Schwartz, who made his mark as the creator of Fox's teen sudser The O.C., said he wasn't sure if he would leave the McInerney tale in its original period or contemporize the film.

No production date has been set.