Werner Herzog

Following his feature documentary "Into the Abyss" and its companion piece, the docuseries "On Death Row," Werner Herzog is set to return to narrative filmmaking for his next project, Variety reports. Herzog will direct an adaptation of D.B.C. Pierre's 2003 Man Booker Prize winner "Vernon God Little" scripted by Andrew Birkin ("The Name of the Rose," "The Cement Garden").

The novel centers on the titular character, a teenager who flees to Mexico after authorities link him to a high school shooting perpetrated by his best friend.

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What this means for Herzog's other brewing narrative project, the Gertrude Bell biopic "Queen of the Dessert" set to star Naomi Watts and Robert Pattinson, remains to be seen. Herzog will next be in theaters acting as Tom Cruise's nemesis in the Christmas actioner "Jack Reacher," which opens Dec. 21.