‘Catfish’ and ‘Paranormal Activity’ Co-Directors Set for New Internet-Heavy YA Adaptation

By February 12, 2014

Though the entertainment cache of the word “catfish” has now quite neatly transferred itself over to the star of the original documentary of the same name instead of the film’s directors, the original Catfish filmmaking team is still very much making movies – not television shows about often horrifying Internet lies (as much as we love said television show about horrifying Internet lies). While Nev Schulman, “accidental” star of the 2010 film Catfish, has turned his notoriety into an MTV television show, Catfish: The Television Show (naturally), which ostensibly mimics his journey in the original film, his filmmaker brother Ariel Schulman and his partner Henry Joost have gone on to more cinematic glory.

Well, sort of. Since the success of Catfish, the duo has directed both Paranormal Activity 3 (a personal favorite) and Paranormal Activity 4 (not so great); the pair is now set to turn their talents to yet another Internet-influenced property.

THR reports that Joost and Schulman will direct a big screen version of the 2012 Jeanne Ryan YA novel “Nerve.” The outlet reports that 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 and life-ending situation.”


Jessica Sharzer has already penned the film’s adaptation. Sharzer’s current resume includes work as both a writer and an executive producer for American Horror Story (as of now, she’s penned six episodes and produced twenty-six), and while that may sound like a strange fit for a new take on a teen novel, the screenwriter also adapted the hard-hitting Laurie Halse Anderson YA novel “Speak” back in 2004. That script eventually became a Kristen Stewart-starring drama, and Sharzer’s take on the material was both compelling and respectful to the original novel.

There’s no word on when Joost and Schulman will get to work on the film, as they already have pretty full schedules as of now, including pre-production on a new thriller and an attachment to direct a new take on The Monkey Wrench Gang. 

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  • Mack D Felix

    Equates to more cheesy, teen MTV-style crap if you ask me. I hated Catfish; not the doc as much as the TV show, but both were horrible testimony to F-upped youth. I just look at two guys like this and think, “THIS IS YOUR CHNACE! DO SOMETHING GOOD AND MEANINGFUL!”