05/08/2011 02:17 pm ET | Updated Jul 08, 2011

'The Bitch Posse': Catherine Hardwicke Takes On Teen Book-To-Film

Having taken on supernatural horrors in vampires and werewolves, "Twilight" and "Red Riding Hood" director Catherine Hardwicke is turning to a real life scare: angry teenage girls.

Deadline reports that Hardwicke has signed on to helm the big screen adaptation of the 2006 book "The B*tch Posse," by Martha O'Connor. Here's the synopsis, via Publisher's Weekly:

The story focuses on three friends, Cherry, Amy and Rennie, as high school seniors and as women in their mid-30s. Compelled by miserable home lives to form the B*tch Posse as teenagers, the three girls ricochet dangerously through their last year of high school, sharing a passionate, almost sinister bond until a terrible secret rips them apart. Still damaged--and separated--by the unspeakable event, the three live equally wretched lives as adults, Cherry in a mental institution, Rennie as a promiscuous failed writer and Amy in a loveless marriage.

Hardwicke knows the subject matter well, having directed the indie favorite "Thirteen," as well as the coming of age tale "Lords of Dogtown."

This may not be Hardwicke's only upcoming project; she's long been on board to direct "Maximum Ride," a film adaptation of the James Patterson novels, as well as the drama "Freeheld," which is set to star Ellen Page.