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Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘The Rosie Project’ eyes Director Richard Linklater

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July 30
1:53 AM 2015

Sony Pictures is eyeing "Boyhood" director Richard Linklater for Jennifer Lawrence's upcoming movie adaptation project of Graeme Simsion's popular novel, "The Rosie Project".

Jennifer Lawrence has signed on "The Rosie Project" film a few weeks ago. "The Hunger Games" actress has committed herself to the romantic dramedy, which highlights a screenplay by "(500) Days of Summer" and "The Fault in Our Stars" scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. It was initially intended as a directorial effort for filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. However, now that Lord and Miller have signed on to helm a Star Wars movie; Columbia Pictures is quickly looking to fill the director's chair.

 According to Deadline, "Boyhood's" Richard Linklater is being eyed by Sony to direct the 24-year-old Oscar winner. Linklater's follow-up to his Oscar-nominated "Boyhood" is a baseball comedy, formerly titled "That's What I'm Talking About". He was also said to direct an adaptation of Maria Semple's bestselling novel "Where'd You Go Bernadette" (also scripted by Neustadter & Weber) for Annapurna Pictures.

One of the bestselling Australian books of recent years, "The Rosie Project" is Graeme Simsion's debut novel. It is the story of a socially awkward genetics professor, Don Tillman, who devises a questionnaire to find the perfect mate and then meets Rosie, a bartender who matches none of his criteria. The book made it on to Bill Gates's 2013 summer reading list.

With Simsion's follow-up, "The Rosie Effect", published in 2014, could end up being another multi-film deal for Jennifer Lawrence, who appeared at Comic-Con San Diego two weeks ago as part of the Hunger Games panel. Lawrence said: "These movies changed my life. I don't think I'll ever say goodbye. Katniss is a part of me."

Lawrence recently wrapped a reunion with David O. Russell for a drama "Joy" and is currently shooting "X-Men: Apocalypse". She also has the sci-fi drama "Passengers" scheduled to start production later this year.

If "The Rosie Project" comes together, it is possible that cameras could roll early next year. The romance/dramedy would make a nice change of pace from the more serious or grueling fare Lawrence has been tackling as of late.

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