While adaptations of Nick Hornby's books haven't always been guaranteed hits at the box office, his work has certainly generated enough success that filmmakers keep coming back to them. Now news arrives via Deadline that Juliet, Naked is the latest adaption heading to screens with Rose Byrne (X-Men: First Class), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) and Chris O'Dowd (Calvary) in talks to star.
Jesse Peretz (Our Idiot Brother) is on board to direct, and the script comes from Tamara Jenkins (The Savages) and Sideways (2004) co-writer Jim Taylor. Juliet, Naked hits some familiar Hornby romantic comedy themes, following Annie (Byrne) who is getting tired of her boyfriend Duncan's (O'Dowd) obsession with a music star called Tucker Crowe (Hawke). The story has been compared to High Fidelity (2000) and the producers – which include Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel (Bridesmaids) – are no doubt hoping this is as popular as that adaptation. The financing for this one comes from the Los Angeles Media Fund and rights for the movie were up for grabs at the American Film Market last month.
Byrne was last seen in X-Men: Apocalypse and recently signed on to play a character called Bea in the new live action and digital blend adaption of Peter Rabbit. Hawke has Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets due out on 21 July next year, while O'Dowd has also been dabbling in science fiction again with the J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) produced God Particle, which will arrive in cinemas 24 February.