When a star like Jennifer Lawrence leaves a project, things tend to look pretty lonely. That’s likely the feeling Richard Linklater had yesterday when the Academy Award-winning actress exited stage left from The Rosie Project. And so, it comes as no surprise that the Boyhood director has also jumped ship, according to The Hollywood Reporter, leaving Columbia Pictures in a dire search for both a director and an actress. Wednesdays, huh?
Based on Graeme Simsion’s 2013 novel of the same, The Rosie Project tells the story of Don Tillman, a socially awkward genetics professor who struggles to find that special someone. To remedy this situation, he devises a unique 16-page survey titled the Wife Project, which helps single out all the nasty habits he can’t stand. Then, of course, he stumbles upon Rosie Jarman, someone who doesn’t meet any of his many, many preferences.
Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber (500 Days of Summer) adapted the novel for the screen, which will still be produced by Matt Tolmach and Michael Costigan. Linklater wasn’t the first filmmaker tapped for the project as directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were also interested in helming the picture, but they’ve since drifted off into a galaxy far, far away. Again, we can’t help but think this film screams for someone like Cameron Crowe.
Perhaps it’s time he says aloha?