Phil Lord & Christopher Miller are among my favorite directors working today. I will be excited for and watch any movie they make. I just re-watched The LEGO Movie the other night for the fourth or fifth time and it just gets better (“I think I heard a whoosh.”). According to Deadline, the duo are circling an adaptation of the novel The Rosie Project with (500) Days of Summer screenwriters Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber handling the script. At this point, Miller and Lord are only developing the project, but they have an eye on directing. However, they won’t commit unless they’re satisfied with the script.
Hit the jump to learn more about The Rosie Project.
According to Deadline, Graeme Simsion‘s novel, which will be released next month:
“centers on Don Tillman, a professor of genetics who may suffer from Asperger’s and has never been on a second date until he embarks upon The Wife Project, designing a questionnaire to help him find the perfect partner: a punctual, non-drinking, non-smoking female who will fit in with his regimented lifestyle. When the unorthodox and free-spirited Rosie appears on the scene, it is clear that she fits none of his selection criteria, but she still may just be the perfect match to help turn his life around.”
If Miller and Lord weren’t affiliated with this project, I would see nothing but red flags. Neustadter and Weber already wrote one Manic Pixie Dream Girl with (500) Days of Summer, and I’m not crazy about women in movies who only exist to help men come to some epiphany.
However, Deadline adds that Miller, Lord, Neustadter, and Weber have seized on the idea about how hard it is to find love within the parameters of “scientific” categorization. Nevertheless, Deadline pointing out the protagonist as “quirky” is also a bit disconcerting.
But that’s what I like about Miller and Lord so much: they take premises that seem fit to be utter debacles and spin them into something genius. They have earned the benefit of any and all the doubt, and if they do choose to direct The Rosie Project, then I’ll be eager to see how it turns out.