He's the co-creator of "Gossip Girl" -- so Josh Schwartz knows a thing or two about the New York City fast lane. So it's rather fitting that he's chosen the 1984 Jay McInerney novel of NYC excess and disillusionment, "Bright Lights, Big City," as his film directorial debut.
In what sounds like an early draft of Chuck Bass's autobiography, "Big City" follows an alienated magazine writer who escapes the pain of a failed marriage and general life malaise with drugs, alcohol, and debauchery. It was originally made into a film back in 1988 and starred Michael J. Fox, who shed his conservative "Alex P. Keaton" persona to play a man on a mission of self-destruction.
Schwartz told Daily Variety, "McInerney created a world that is really seductive and then deconstructed it in a way that is both funny and emotional." As well as directing, Schwartz will write the screenplay -- though he told Variety he wasn't sure if he would keep the book's original '80s time period or contemporize it.
Besides "Gossip Girl," Schwartz created "The OC" and co-created "Chuck" -- and is now working on a "Gossip" spin-off called "Lily."
Did you see the original version of "Bright Lights, Big City" with Michael J. Fox?