Film News Roundup: ‘Murphy Brown’ Star Nik Dodani Writing ‘Blue Boy’ Script

In today’s film news roundup, Nik Dodani makes a script deal, Sony shifts dates for “Miss Bala” and “Escape Room” and Jake Manley books two roles.

SCRIPT DEAL

Nik Dodani, who stars on “Murphy Brown” and “Atypical,” will write the script for a movie version of “Blue Boy,” based on Rakesh Satyal’s coming of age story, Variety has learned exclusively.

The Lambda Literary Award-winning novel follows the transformation of Kiran Sharma, a boisterous 12-year-old boy from Cincinnati, as he attempts to go from a social outcast to local god through his school’s annual talent show. Taking place against the backdrop of the early ‘90s, Satyal’s debut novel tackles adolescence, family drama, and grade school politics from the perspective of an Indian-American pre-teen.

“Kiran Sharma is a mischievous little git who thinks he’s the center of his own ridiculous universe. I’ve never related to a character more,” says Dodani, who will work closely with Satyal on the project.

Satyal said, “From the moment I spoke with Nik, I was impressed by his intelligence and warmth and his inspired vision for Kiran. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect person to bring the character to life in this way.”

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