Monday, November 9, 2015

Things are (NOT) Looking Rosy for The Rosie Project: Jennifer Lawrence set to star UPDATE


I'm having a full on love affair with Australian writer Liane Moriarty right now; I've read and loved Big Little Lies, What Alice Forgot and The Husband's Secret — the latter two still on my to-do list in terms of writing up my thoughts. I was just about to start Three Wishes but maybe I'll give The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion a go instead. Another international best-seller by an Aussie, it seems like a fun, summery kind of read and it wouldn't hurt to read a romance from a man's point of view. Especially as it's headed for the screen with a script by the same rom-com writing duo of Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber who gave us (500)Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now and The Fault in Our Stars. The pair also scripted an adaptation of Maria Semple's fabulously funny Where'd You Go, Bernadette with Linklater in talks to direct that one as well, so we'll see.



UPDATE 11/9/2015: Noooooo! Jennifer Lawrence and Richard Linklater left the project in October leaving it in limbo. Sony claims The Rosie Project is a priority so they’re on the hunt to replace Lawrence and Linklater pronto. 

Jennifer Lawrence is set to play 'the whirlwind' that is Rosie, with news that Richard Linklater is in talks to direct. It seems an altogether un-indie choice for the award winning director of Boyhood and the Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight film trilogy but perhaps he'd take some of the sugary-sweet predictable sound of it out? I've got an anti-Jennifer Lawrence bias that I'll have to get over but for those of you who've read it already, how does J-Law stack up as Rosie? And who would you cast as Don the scientist? For God's sakes, please don't say Bradley Cooper!
Now, with Jennifer Lawrence and Linklater gone, who would you cast?



The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.  
Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you. 
Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut “navigates the choppy waters of adult relationships, both romantic and platonic, with a fresh take (USA TODAY). “Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in” (Chicago Tribune). 

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