David Gordon Green to Adapt Sci-Fi Love Story Q for Columbia Pictures
11.15.11 by BJSprecher
In his career, writer-director David Gordon Green has run the gamut from drama (All the Real Girls) to thriller (Undertow) to comedy (Pineapple Express) and even dabbled in a little fant-edy (Your Highness), but now it appears he is looking to add a little sci-fi to his resume. According to THR, Columbia Pictures is in "final negotiations" to acquire the rights to Evan Mandery's latest book, Q: A Novel, and the studio wants Green to write and direct the movie adaptation.
The Harper Collins novel was published in August and tells the story of a man who is visited by his future self and told not to marry "Q," his one true love. The man acquiesces, but then spends the rest of his life trying to undo the mistake. According to THR, the tone of the movie version will be like "It’s A Wonderful Life with a combination of romance, comedy and drama."
Here's the synopsis of the book from its listing on Amazon:
"Q, Quentina Elizabeth Deveril, is the love of my life."
Shortly before his wedding, the unnamed hero of this uncommon romance is visited by a man who claims to be his future self and ominously admonishes him that he must not marry the love of his life, Q. At first the protagonist doubts this stranger, but in time he becomes convinced of the authenticity of the warning and leaves his fiancé. The resulting void in his life is impossible to fill. One after the other, future selves arrive urging him to marry someone else, divorce, attend law school, leave law school, travel, join a running club, stop running, study the guitar, the cello, Proust, Buddhism, and opera, and eliminate gluten from his diet. The only constants in this madcap quest for personal improvement are his love for his New York City home and for the irresistible Q.
A unique literary talent, Evan Mandery turns the classic story of transcendent love on its head, with an ending that will melt even the darkest heart.
Robert Kessel and Kate Checci of Matt Tolmach Productions will shepherd the development of Q for Columbia Pictures.