David Gordon Green to Helm Even Mandery's Love Story 'Q' at Sony

November 14, 2011
Source: THR

David Gordon Green

Independent films like George Washington and All the Real Girls launched the career of director David Gordon Green before he moved on to raunchy comedies like Pineapple Express and Your Highness with longtime friend and film schoolmate Danny McBride (not to mention The Sitter also hitting theaters next month), but now the filmmaker will move on to a different genre. THR has word that Green is returning to Columbia Pictures to write and direct an adaptation of Evan Mandery's unconventional romance Q, a novel published in August involving time travel and a man's future selves trying to redirect his life. More below!

More specifically, here is Q: A Novel's official synopsis that sounds worthy of Charlie Kaufman:

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 fiance. 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.

The story is described as a healthy mix of romance, comedy and drama, something akin to It's a Wonderful Life. I'm sure Green won't be trying to emulate the holiday classic with Jimmy Stewart, but it's easy to see how the idea of several future selves guide the fate of their past self can be equated to that classic story. It certainly sounds like a unique sort of romance, with the potential for an actor to really show their range in comedy and drama. Steve Carell comes to mind at first, but I'd really like to see somebody else get a chance to show their more dramatic side. Maybe Jason Segel could bring this one to life? We'll see. Sound good?

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