Tanner Stransky
August 02, 2010 AT 01:02 PM EDT

From The Crying Game…to Skippy Dies. That’s the trajectory for writer-director Neil Jordan, who has just signed on to helm a feature adaptation of Paul Murray’s book Skippy, which has been called “South Park meets Tom Brown’s Schooldays,” according to Variety. The story of Skippy follows two unlikely school roommates — Ruprecht, a math whiz who plays the French horn, and Skippy, who has a mother dying of cancer and is being abused by the gym teacher at the school. As you might guess, Skippy does indeed die, and Ruprecht puts together science experiments to try to contact his friend on the other side. If you’re a fan of The Crying Game, Jordan’s involvement isn’t the only thing that may make you fancy Skippy: The writer-director has reteamed with Game producers Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen, who’ve also worked on Mona Lisa, The Butcher Boy, and Breakfast on Pluto. Granted Game and Skippy are rather different stories, but doesn’t Jordan’s involvement with Skippy pique your interest just a bit?

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