Having just recently wrapped the starring role in Juno scribe Diablo Cody’s untitled directorial debut, Julianne Hough is now attached to reteam with Cody on the romantic dramedy Time and a Half for Groundswell Productions and Mad Chance Productions. Hough will play a recent college grad who runs into her sister’s high school boyfriend while taking a temp job at a trophy store. To complicate matters, she once had a one-night stand with said high school boyfriend. Cody wrote the script and Ol Parker (Imagine Me & You) is set to direct the pic.
Variety reports that the filmmakers are currently searching for the right actress to play Hough’s sister, and the project won’t go forward until they’ve filled the role. The plan is to start production next year should everything come together. Hough will next be seen in the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven, which opens next Valentine’s Day.
House executive producer Katie Jacobs has signed on to direct an adaptation of Kevin Michael Connolly’s memoir Double Take for Michael London’s Groundswell Productions. Per Deadline, Groundswell is currently shopping the project to potential writers. Connolly is a photographer and former champion skier and skateboarder who has had his work exhibited at the Smithsonian. Making these accomplishments all the more impressive is the fact that he was born without legs. In addition to Double Take, Jacobs is also attached to direct an adaptation of Sheila Weller’s 2008 singer-songwriter novel Girls Like Us which is being adapted by John Sayles (Lone Star).
For more on the project, hit the jump to check out a synopsis for Connolly’s memoir.
Michael London’s Groundswell Productions and producer John Morris have acquired the screen rights to Ken Auletta’s book Googled: The End of the World as We Know It. The book is about Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page and the rise of the company that is the de facto owner of finding things. Speaking to Deadline, London said the story is
“about these two young guys who created a company that changed the world, and how the world in turn changed them. The heart of the movie is their wonderful edict, ‘Don’t be evil.’ At a certain point in the evolution of a company so big and powerful, there are a million challenges to that mandate. Can you stay true to principles like that as you become as rich and powerful as that company has become? The intention is to be sympathetic to Sergey and Larry, and hopefully the film will be as interesting as the company they created.”
Hit the jump for how it sounds like this movie will differ from David Fincher’s upcoming Facebook movie The Social Network, and how Google’s recent actions undoes the idea for an uplifting “Don’t be evil” story.