Phil Lord And Christopher Miller Developing Sony’s Dramedy Adaptation The Rosie Project


Earlier in the year, Sony optioned the film rights to Graeme Simsion’s breakout debut novel, The Rosie Project. A huge hit in the UK and Australia, the studio’s early dibs may have paid off as Deadline reports that The Lego Movie‘s Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are onboard and currently developing the flick.

The pair have had a stream of wins on their hands, following the success of the aforementioned block-inspired comedy, 21 Jump Street and its sequel. They’ve not committed to directing the flick (yet), but will work alongside Sony producers Matt Tolmach and Michael Costigan during the development process. The talent involved so far indicates that this is shaping up to be the next dramedy hit, as The Fault In Our Stars and 500 Days Of Summer writing duo Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber will be tackling the screenplay.

The book hasn’t even hit U.S. shelves yet and is set for publication next month. This bi-national writer has however already read it – and trust me, it’s a corker. In the same vein as Silver Linings Playbook, it dallies with the unorthodox romantic entanglements that emerge from socially-awkward scenarios. The story revolves around a genetics professor who, in order to find the perfect partner, cobbles together a survey to determine a woman’s suitability. And that’s just the beginning.

We’ll keep you posted on any more news about The Rosie Project as it lands. The official synopsis of the novel from Simon and Schuster is below, check it out and let us know what you think.

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.