Sunday, 29 May 2016

Ryan Reynolds in talks for romantic comedy The Rosie Project

First it was developing with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie), until they defected to the Star Wars anthology Han Solo film. Then Richard Linklater (Boyhood) was attached with Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) set to star, but both dropped out last October. Now it's all change again for The Rosie Project, with news arriving via Deadline that Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) is taking an interest.

Based on a novel by Graeme Simsion (although Simsion actually wrote it as a screenplay before he turned it into a book), The Rosie Project tells the story of professor Don Tillman, an on-the-spectrum genetics expert who never seems to be able to land a second date. He starts The Wife Project, working up a questionnaire to find the perfect partner, but is instead entranced by the free-spirited Rosie, who matches none of his criteria but might just be his soul mate. 

The book has been a bestseller both here and in Australia where it is set, and a sequel, The Rosie Effect, arrived last year. (500) Days Of Summer (2009) writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber wrote the most recent draft of the script, which attracted Lord and Miller before the lure of Star Wars took them in another direction.

Reynolds isn't officially attached at this point, but is reportedly "circling" the project, which is being set up at Sony Pictures. He is already ensconced in a big Sony project, heading to Mars with Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) in his Daniel Espinosa's (Safe House) Life.

While Sony Pictures may be keen to keep him in house, however, Reynolds' priority before The Rosie Project will be back at 20th Century Fox for Deadpool 2. Deadpool is now officially the biggest R-rated movie of all time, so everyone is clearly keen to keep striking while that iron is hot.

The Rosie Project is published in the UK by Penguin.

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