Image Credit: Little Girl LostUniversal Pictures announced today that it has acquired the rights to Richard Aleas’ crime novel Little Girl Lost. Jonathan Levine, who directed the indie The Wackness, and recently completed I’m With Cancer starring Seth Rogen and Anna Kendrick, will direct with Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) attached to write the screenplay.

Little Girl Lost was first published in 2004 by Aleas, the pen name of Charles Ardai, an award-winning author and founder of company Hard Case Crime. The novel centers on John Blake, an NYU dropout-turned-private-investigator who learns that his high school girlfriend who he thought went to medical school actually became a stripper and has been murdered.