500 Days of Summer Writers Adapting 'Beginner's Greek'

July 20, 2009

Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter

It seems Warner Brothers fell in love with 500 Days of Summer, too. The studio has acquired the rights to James Collins' novel "Beginner's Greek" for Donald De Line to produce and 500 Days of Summer screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber to adapt. The only other screenplay credit Scott and Michael have, sadly, is The Pink Panther 2, but it's great to see them getting some good gigs after all the 500 Days hype. "Beginner's Greek," published last year, centers on an investment banker who meets his soul mate on a plane, loses her phone number and discovers later that his best friend has married the woman.

From Amazon: "James Collins's 'Beginner's Greek' is a tender tale of how love conquers all, even if it takes longer than some might be willing to wait. Chick Lit fans especially will appreciate the uniquely male perspective that Collins, who spent most of his career as a journalist and an investment banker, brings to this modern fairy tale." It sounds a bit like Mike Nichols' Closer, as eventually the banker ends up with a wife of his own, and the two couples feel like they're not with the right person. I will say I'm only interested in this in hopes that Scott and Michael will follow-up 500 Days with another brilliant romantic comedy.

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