Josh Schwartz Helms “Bright Lights”

“The O.C.” and “Chuck” creator Josh Schwartz will make his feature directorial debut “Bright Lights, Big City” for MGM Pictures reports Variety.

Schwartz will also produce and adapt the script based on Jay McInerney’s classic 1984 novel about a disillusioned magazine writer who numbs the pain of a failed marriage and writer’s block with drugs, alcohol and nightly carousing.

Schwartz is undecided if to keep the adaptation set in the 80’s or move it up to contemporary times. Stephanie Savage will also produce.

The film was previously adapted into a feature in 1988 starring Michael J. Fox and Kiefer Sutherland.