Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Joe and Anthony Russo are developing the movie
Netflix has bought the rights to Nick Bostrom’s new book The Friendship Cure – a fictionalized take on the teenage friendship between two geeky classmates that sparked interest from the tech giant.
Five years in the making, the adaptation, commissioned by the streaming giant’s Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping, will be produced by Oscar-winning brothers Joe and Anthony Russo – they last helmed Marvel’s superhero film Black Panther.
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The film will focus on Danny (played by American film star Andrew Van Camp), a Washington state teenager who meets and forms a friendship with Simon (Max Irons) over their shared mutual love of zombies.
The pair become Facebook friends and learn about a growing movement of “zombie people”, who are being targeted by a conspiracy led by a scary-sounding dark energy.
“Our hope is that Netflix creates a movie that will foster discussion and better understand friendships and the reality of what sometimes can go awry, as well as what can go right and make people happy,” said author Nick Bostrom in a statement.
“Something everyone can enjoy,” added Russ.
This is the second collaboration between the Russo brothers and Mr Bostrom. They have been friends since childhood and were both involved in the Boy Erased and Book of Henry projects.
The friendships between Mr Bostrom and the men were reportedly inadvertently sparked by an invite to meet on Thanksgiving Day, which they accepted and found themselves living together with their families across 10 countries in the far-flung corners of the world, including Antarctica.