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Despite the fact that Phil Lord and Chris Miller have had an insanely busy 2014 - which has included putting together both The LEGO Movie and 22 Jump Street in addition to creating a new television show - fans of the filmmakers really only care with one thing: what they are doing next. Coming off of two incredibly successful features, the duo can presumably write their own check in Hollywood now, and audiences who have enjoyed their work now wonder what they will do with that opportunity. Apparently Ghostbusters 3 wasn't up their alley, but now it looks like they may have finally found their latest bit of inspiration.
According to Deadline, Lord and Miller are now considering helming The Rosie Project, an adaptation of the romantic comedy novel by author Graeme Simsion. The filmmakers are now reportedly "developing the book" for the big screen, but they won't be the one's penning the script. Instead, that responsibility will go to Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, who have some experience in the field of romance having penned (500) Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now, and, most recently, The Fault In Our Stars. Simsion, who has an IMDb page packed with credits for shorts he has written, has apparently already written a draft of the adaptation himself, though it's unclear if Neustadter and Weber will be using his work.
Genetics professor Don Tillman is the main character of The Rosie Project and is described as having serious social anxiety that borders on Asperger’s syndrome. Having found no success in the dating world, he attempts to create a questionaire that will hopefully yield him a compatible significant other (a mission he calls The Wife Project). While what Don wants is a "punctual, non-drinking, non-smoking female who will fit in with his regimented lifestyle," he winds up finding the opposite in the free spirit Rosie - an extroverted barmaid who has long been searching for her biological father and who may actually wind up being a perfect match our protagonist.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller won't commit to directing The Rosie Project until the script has been completed, but Deadline says that they recently got together with Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber and found that they shared a very similar approach to the project. Apparently, they both are on board with "the idea of a project that wallows in the futility of trying to program love, only to find it is the most random and difficult-to-collate enterprise."
We'll definitely be following this one as it moves through development, particularly if Lord and Miller do wind up signing on to direct. Of course, there is also the possibility that they could wind up deciding to complete a Jump Street trilogy, as 23 Jump Street was just announced earlier this month. Either way, stay tuned for more updates.