Elle Fanning to Lead Film Adaptation of Neil Gaiman's HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES

Elle Fanning to Lead Film Adaptation of Neil Gaiman's HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Elle Fanning (Maleficent) is set to star in an upcoming film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's short story HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES. John Cameron Mitchell will direct from a script by Philippa Goslett and Mitchell.

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The original HOW TO TAK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES short story follows two teenage boys -- one outgoing and the other shy -- at a party in London in the 1970s. Left on his own, the second boy attempts to socialize with the girls at the party, only to find out that they "are more than they seem". Gaiman's story came out in 2006 and won a Locus Award, as well as a Hugo nomination.

Howard Gertler, Gaiman and Mitchell will produce the film, which takes a slightly different track than the book.

The movie is "more of a two-hander love story focusing on a schoolboy and a punk who uses music and art as a way to escape and a female alien tourist (Fanning) who wants to escape her tour group and explore the most dangerous place in the galaxy, the London suburb of Croydon".

Neil Gaiman has written short stories, fiction, comic books, graphic novels, plays and for film. He is known for his comic series The Sandman and his novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline and The Graveyard Book. Gaiman's work for the screen includes BBC's Neverwhere, Princess Mononoke, Beowulf, Stardust, Doctor Who and more.

Fanning most recently starred in Maleficent opposite Angelina Jolie and will next be seen on the big screen in The Boxtrolls and Mary Shelley. Among her past film credits are Low Down, Young Ones, Ginger & Rosa, We Bought a Zoo, Super 8, Phoebe in Wonderland, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Babel and more.

Pictured: Elle Fanning at the MALEFICENT World Premiere. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.