According to Variety, Scott Stuber has picked up the screen rights to American Rust. This is the debut novel from Philipp Meyer. Walter Salles and Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) will be directing and writing the script.

Universal Pictures will get first look at this film via Stuber Productions.

The book follows two longtime friends who live in an economically depressed steel town in Pennsylvania. They long to go to California but that takes a turn "when they're implicated in a crime."

American Rust was just "short-listed for the 2009 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize."