The writer-director team from the acclaimed 2006 film Half Nelson have just been hired by Universal for a new gig. According to Yahoo News, the pair have been asked to work their magic on a new project for the studio entitled, It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden will direct the project from a script they wrote together.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story is a coming of age tale, that centers on a 15 year old boy who’s battling depression. He checks himself into a psychiatric hospital, but realizes it’s a institution for adults. He soon develops relationships with the older patients as well as a girl his own age. Funny Story is based on a novel by Ned Vizzini, an acclaimed piece that was published by Miramax Books back in 2006. Producers of the film are looking to cast a who’s who of successful actors in the adult roles, while the teenagers can be lesser known. Focus Features will finance and distribute the film for the pair.

I’m a fan of the majority of Fleck and Boden’s work. I loved Half Nelson, because the irony in that movie was just ridiculous. I’ve also heard rave reviews from their film Sugar, which focused on baseball and immigration. I’m interested to see the route they take with this one. Is it really a funny story, or will it be laced with irony and contradictions similar to their other work?

What do you think of Ryan and Anna take on It’s Kind of a Funny Story?