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Indie SYRUP to star Shiloh Fernandez and Amber Heard

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
May 12th, 2011

Any day that a well-reviewed novel can make it to the big screen with a young and interesting cast is a good day. Max Barry’s Syrup is getting the cinematic treatment, and has now signed on Shiloh Fernandez (RED RIDING HOOD, SKATELAND) and Amber Heard (the upcoming THE RUM DIARY, PINEAPPLE EXPRESS) to lead the independent feature.

The film will be helmed by Aram Rappaport (the upcoming SUMMER SONG) from a script co-written by both the director and the author. The book follows Scat (to be played by Fernandez), described as “young, confused, underemployed, and in Los Angeles.” One day, Scat “comes up with the idea for the hottest new soda ever, he's sure he'll retire as the next overnight sensation. But in the treacherous waters of corporate America there are no sure things -- and suddenly Scat has to save not only his idea but his yet-to-be-realized career.” Scat’s soda idea is, of course, called “Fukk Cola” (shades of Four Loko?), and he get entangled with “the scarily beautiful and brainy 6” (to be played by Heard) on his quest to get the money, the fame, and the girl.

Barry is the author of one my favorite books in recent memory, the excellent and biting Company, so I expect Syrup to feel similar to that. Do I smell another A Novel Idea? Probably. Head on over to Barry’s site to get a better sense of both the author and the book, including a look at the first chapter of Syrup.

Shooting is set to start this summer.

Source Variety, via The Playlist, book details from Borders

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