Alexandra Robbins' nonfiction book The Overachievers is being picked up by Universal Pictures for a film adaptation. Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka will write the comedy.
The story follows the lives of Bethesda, Md., high school students as they study for their SATs. The success obsessed teens will have to contend with illness, stress, cheating, nagging parents, and emotional breakdowns all before getting into college.
Shawn Levy is set to direct the piece. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he stated, "I read the book while I was at the tail end of the 'Night at the Museum' shoot, and it really spoke to certain experiences I had had as a 16-year-old, virtually killing myself to get into Yale. And I was kind of horrified to admit that I related to these kids. And there is something really unique about the culture right now where you have kids sacrificing the enjoyment of their youth to get to the next level. And the question is, what is the cost of ambition when you are 17 years old?"
Levy plans to make the film in the same vein as The Breakfast Club. There is no set date on when filming will begin.