When you think of Skippy, does that delicious peanut butter brand come to mind? If so, this story has nothing to do with it. We’re talking about Skippy Dies, the novel by author Paul Murray. According to Variety, Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) has been tapped to write and direct the film adaptation of the book. Find out what Skippy’s all about…

According to the description on Amazon:

Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the subject of this dazzling and uproarious novel, unraveling a mystery that links the boys of Seabrook College to their parents and teachers in ways nobody could have imagined. With a cast of characters that ranges from hip-hop-loving fourteen-year-old Eoin “MC Sexecutioner” Flynn to basketball playing midget Philip Kilfether, packed with questions and answers on everything from Ritalin, to M-theory, to bungee jumping, to the hidden meaning of the poetry of Robert Frost, Skippy Dies is a heartfelt, hilarious portrait of the pain, joy, and occasional beauty of adolescence, and a tragic depiction of a world always happy to sacrifice its weakest members.

Deadline says the book has been described as “South Park meets Tom Brown’s Schooldays.” Interesting combination. Speaking of combinations, Skippy will reunite Jordan with his Crying Game counterparts Steve Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen of Number 9 Films and James Flynn of Littlewave Film Productions.

What do you think of Jordan taking on Skippy Dies? Are you familiar with the novel?