Emma Roberts (above, American Horror Story) and Fave Franco (Warm Bodies, Now You See Me) will star in Nerve, an adaptation of Jeanne Ryan’s young adult thriller, directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. THR confirmed the news.
Joost and Schulman made a name for themselves with the chilling Catfish, and then directed the brilliant Paranormal Activity 3 and (sadly) the awful Paranormal Activity 4.
Nerve was first announced by Lionsgate almost a year ago.
Jessica Sharzer has written the adaptation. Allison Shearmur is producing, as is Anthony Katagas.
The novel tells of a high school senior wallflower who, in an attempt to broaden her horizons, joins a global online game of provocative truth or dare while an audience of “watchers” vote and comment. But as she becomes a sensation and advances higher and higher, the game evolves and soon she finds herself in a dangerous situation.
Erik Feig, Jeyun Choi and Jessica Switch are overseeing for the studio. Stephen Meinen, vp at Allison Shearmur Productions, will also be overseeing the production.
When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it’s exhilarating–Vee and Ian’s fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they’re directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they’re playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?