In the realm of sci-fi, there are such things as sci-fi chick flicks and you can put David Gordon Green’s latest project on that list. Columbia Pictures is in final negotiations for the film rights of Evan Mandery’s novel, ‘Q’. If the deal goes through, Green will direct and write the film adaptation.
Green is best known for directing the comedies ‘Your Highness ‘and ‘Pineapple Express’ but before these he was known as an up and coming contemporary indie filmmaker with critically acclaimed works that involved character driven dramas. The return to this type of film has many of his fans cheering.
‘Q’ was originally published in August and is a love story about a man who is visited by a future version of himself and told not to marry the love of his life, Quentina Elizabeth Deveril, nicknamed “Q” (hence the name of the book). He agrees and spends the rest of his life trying to undo that decision and tries to find his one true love. In the meantime, other future selves pop in and try to redirect his life one way or another. Here’s the official synopsis of the book:
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.
THR has described the film’s tone as “‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ with a combination of romance, comedy and drama” while Amazon describes the book as a “classic story of transcendent love on its head with an ending that will melt event the darkest heart.”
If you’re not sold on the book yet, you can read an excerpt here. I must admit, I am looking forward to this one as I’m a sucker for time travel romance films (‘Somewhere in Time’, ‘The Lake House’, ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’). Just because I’m sci-fi geek, deep down I’m a romantic at heart. And this movie sounds like it will meld my two great loves quite nicely.