Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green has been set to write and direct an adaptation of Evan Mandery’s novel Q for Columbia Pictures. The novel centers on a man who is visited by a future version of himself who tells him not to marry the love of his life. He acquiesces, but then spends the rest of his life trying to undo his decision all while more future selves try to thwart his plans. THR describes the film’s tone as It’s a Wonderful Life “with a combination of romance, comedy, and drama.” Matt Tolmach is producing alongside Pouya Shahbazian.
I never got around to seeing Your Highness but I’m a huge fan of Pineapple Express. While the director is best known for his recent comedies, he made a name for himself with dramas like George Washington and All the Real Girls. Green’s latest directorial effort, the Jonah Hill comedy The Sitter, opens next month. Hit the jump to read a synopsis of the novel Q.
“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 fiancÉe. 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. [Amazon]