Neil Jordan, the director of films such as The Crying Game and Interview with the Vampire will write and direct an adaptation of Paul Murray's novel called Skippy Dies reports. The story for this film sounds pretty interesting. Jordan is a solid filmmaker so it should make for a really good movie.
The story is set in a public school in Ireland, and follows the adventures of two unlikely roommates -- Ruprecht, a mathematical genius with a penchant for the French horn, and Skippy, whose mother is dying of cancer and who is being abused by the school's gym teacher. When Skippy dies, Ruprecht performs a slew of wacky science experiments in an attempt to reach his friend beyond the grave.
Here's a description of the book:
Ruprecht Van Doren is an overweight genius whose hobbies include very difficult maths and the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. Daniel 'Skippy' Juster is his roommate. In the grand old Dublin institution that is Seabrook College for Boys, nobody pays either of them much attention. But when Skippy falls for Lori, the Frisbee-playing Siren from the girls' school next door, suddenly all kinds of people take an interest – including Carl, part-time drug-dealer and official school psychopath.
While his teachers battle over modernisation, and Ruprecht attempts to open a portal into a parallel universe, Skippy, in the name of love, is heading for a showdown – in the form of a fatal doughnut-eating race that only one person will survive. This unlikely tragedy will explode Seabrook's century-old complacency and bring all kinds of secrets into the light, until teachers and pupils alike discover that the fragile lines dividing past from present, love from betrayal – and even life from death – have become almost impossible to read...