Reese Witherspoon To Produce And Possibly Star In The Engagements

By Nick Venable 2013-03-20 21:28:35discussion comments
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While dramas and thrillers have used multi-threaded interconnected narratives to tell their stories for decades, it wasn't always as well-mined a technique in romance films. But in the last decade the inter-woven romance has become popular, with films like Love Actually and He's Just Not That Into You as the stronger examples of that subset. And now it looks like another is on the way.

The 80-year-old life of a diamond engagement ring is the focus of The Engagements, the upcoming J. Courtney Sullivan novel that Deadline reports is in final negotiations to become Fox 2000’s next adaptation. It will be produced by Pacific Standard, the company owned by Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea. While this is Witherspoon’s only role in the project for now, there is a good chance she’ll take a part in it.

If she does she’ll be part of an ensemble cast, as the novel’s story follows the diamond ring through five different relationships, from the 1930s through the present, and the relationships will be connected in surprising and unexpected ways. On the surface at least it doesn't sound like five different versions of Titanic’s Heart of the Ocean, and it leaves a lot of roles open for a variety of performers.

The Engagements, which will be published in June by Knopf, is Sullivan’s third novel, and follows 2010’s Commencement and 2011’s Maine. It is the second adaptation currently taken on by Pacific Standard, who are prepping Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl, which will hopefully see David Fincher as its director.

Witherspoon will next appear in Jeff Nichols’ drama Mud, and the West Memphis Three film Devil’s Knot should see some kind of release later this year. She has the based-on-true-events film The Good Lie possibly on the horizon, as well as the ensemble adaptation of Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus and Nick Hornby’s The Beard also in the pipeline.
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