The movie adaptation of Britpop novel Kill Your Friends will start shooting next month.
Author John Niven confirmed on Twitter that he has penned the screenplay, with Skins actor Nicholas Hoult taking on the lead role of A&R man Steven Stelfox and Owen Harris (Misfits, Black Mirror) set to direct. Earlier today Niven tweeted:
After much delay and hell I am very pleased to say that the movie of Kill Your Friends starts shooting in March.
— John Niven (@NivenJ1) February 12, 2014
Former A&R man Niven’s 2008 novel was based on his own experiences in the British music industry in the 1990s. Robert Pattinson had previously expressed an interest in playing the lead role in a possible adaptation of Niven’s first novel, and Rafe Spall was later rumoured to be taking on the role of Stelfox.