According to Deadline, Richard Linklater – the award-winning director behind 2014 hit, Boyhood – is currently being courted by Sony to take the helm of their latest film project.
Linklater is reportedly considering to direct The Rosie Project – a romantic film based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Australian author, Graeme Simison.
The novel follows the story of a genetics expert called Professor Don Tillman, who due to his Asperger’s Syndrome, struggles to ever land a second date. To remedy this, Tillman starts his so-called ‘Wife Project’ and works up a questionnaire to find his perfect partner. His precisely detailed plans to find ‘the one’ are confused however, when he meets Rosie – a woman who matches none of his criteria but may just be his soul mate after all.
Jennifer Lawrence has already been confirmed to star in the movie as Rosie. The screenplay’s latest draft has been scripted by (500) Days of Summer writers, Scott Neustadter and Michael H Weber. The Lego Movie‘s Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were also previously developing the film, before they made their now solid commitment to the upcoming Han Solo anthology film – leaving the director’s chair up for grabs.
Though it’s early days in terms of potential contract talks, Linklater appears to be Sony’s first choice for a replacement. The director recently wrapped up his new comedy-drama, Everybody Wants Some (previously titled That’s What I’m Talking About), which is set to be released in April 2016.