Columbia Pictures has hired newcomer-director Josh Greenbaum to direct its high school comedy The Art of Cool, according to Variety. Alex Sabeti's wrote the script last year.

The story centers on a geeky student who discovers the classic book "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu and literally uses it as a survival guide for navigating the social politics of high school.

Greenbaum, who is enrolled in the graduate film program at USC, shared this year's Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Award with Raul Fernandez and won the MTV Movie award for filmmaker on campus. Art of Cool will mark his feature film debut.