In a story from Variety, "Mandate Pictures and John Malkovich's Mr. Mudd shingle will team on a bigscreen adaptation of Paper Towns, based on John Green's just-published novel."

Set in high school the film "centers on Quentin, who is drafted by the school's queen of cool, Margo, to be her accomplice in an all-night spree of revenge against her superjock ex-boyfriend. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, Quentin makes the most of the opportunity for unrivaled proximity to his dream girl."

In a twist of fate, "Paper Towns marks the second project Mandate has bought for Mr. Mudd since the shingle inked a first-look deal with Mandate in July. The two companies are also developing Broken City, a noir drama with a political twist written by playwright Brian Tucker."

Paper Towns, is "Green's third novel, was published Oct. 16 by Dutton Books."

Evan Jacobs