Lone Scherfig Going Comedic With New Rom-Com 'One Day'
by Alex Billington
December 8, 2009
If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend seeing An Education when you get the chance. That fantastic British period drama features a performance by Carey Mulligan that I truly hope wins the Best Lead Actress Oscar next March. Speaking of which, Focus Features just announced (via THR) that An Education director Lone Scherfig will next direct a new romantic comedy for them called One Day. The screenplay is based on a novel of the same name by British author David Nicholls and is being written by Nicholls himself. This will be third English language film for Denmark-born Scherfig, who is really taking off with An Education.
One Day is about a boy and a girl, Dexter and Emma, who meet for the first time during their graduation in 1988 and proceed to meet one day a year for the next 20 years. In When Harry Met Sally fashion, the story tracks their lives and loves until they realize they were meant for each other. Sounds sweet and charming and quite fun. This is the second project Focus Features (a subsidiary of Universal) has setup since Comcast bought Universal Pictures just the other day (the other is Steve McQueen's Fela). They're smart to bring on Lone Scherfig, as I think she's got many more great movies ahead. Also looking forward to casting on this!
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