It looks like Focus Features has nabbed the U.S. rights to the comedic romance Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist), the film stars Steve Carell and Keira Knightley and centers on the events surrounding an asteroid spiraling towards Earth, threatening to end all life. Carell plays a man whose wife leaves him as a result of the whole “the world is ending” news, and decides to seek out his high school sweetheart. Knightley stars as Carell’s neighbor who decides to accompany him on his journey.
We previously reported that Adam Brody, Rob Corddry and William Peterson are in talks to join the film as well. THR reports that Focus will handle U.S. distribution on the Indian Paintbrush/Mandate Pictures co-production. Filming begins in Los Angeles this month. And on a side note, previous reports had the title as Seeking a Friend AT the End of the World, but today’s acquisition reports have the “at” replaced by “for.” So, I guess this might be considered a title change, however insignificant it may be.