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June 13, 2007 -- TOM Wolfe described himself as "surprised" and "curious" yesterday when he learned Gus Van Sant will direct a movie version of his classic 1967 book, "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test," which chronicled a cross-country bus trip by Ken Kesey (who wrote "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"), Neal Cassady (who inspired Jack Kerouac's "On the Road") and other LSD-fueled Merry Pranksters. Wolfe told Page Six he sold the option for the book in the early '70s for just $75,000. "I'm really interested to see what they do," he said. "The biggest problem will be the LSD trips that can be done so much better in print than on film."