Mandi Bierly
January 26, 2011 AT 03:59 PM EST

Image Credit: John Parra/Getty ImagesEmile Hirsch will star in the adaptation of Willy Vlautin’s acclaimed debut novel, The Motel Life, Variety reports. The story revolves around two brothers, Jerry Lee and Frank, who flee their Reno motel after Jerry Lee kills a boy in a drunken hit-and-run. “An innocent simpleton, Jerry Lee is left feeling suicidal after the accident, despite his younger brother’s efforts (à la Of Mice and Men’s Lenny and George) to console him: ‘It was real quiet, the way he cried,’ says Frank, ‘like he was whimpering.’ On returning to Reno, an eventual reckoning awaits them,” Publishers Weekly wrote, comparing Vlautin’s prose to S.E. Hinton. Alan and Gabriel Polsky will produce. No writer, director, or additional cast has been announced.

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