September 16, 2009 at 08:00 AM EDT

Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) and Emma Roberts are in talks to star in coming-of-age drama/comedy It’s Kind of a Funny Story, The Hollywood Reporter reveals. Half Nelson‘s Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden are writing and directing the project, expected to shoot later this year. The film, based on Ned Vizzini’s novel, is about a teenage boy who ends up in the adult ward of a mental institution.

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