EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios and Welle Entertainment have reached an agreement to develop Robinne Lee’s novel The Idea Of You as the star vehicle for Anne Hathaway. Tony-nominated actress and filmmaker Jennifer Westfeldt adapted the script from the bestseller. With her Welle, Cathy Schulman produces entertainment clapboard, which is dedicated to generating female content with different perspectives.
The Idea of You revolves around Sophie, a 40-year-old divorced mother. Sophie’s husband Dan left her for a younger woman, and now he’s canceled his Coachella trip with her 15-year-old daughter. Sophie picks up the broken pieces and defies the crowd and the desert heat. There she meets the 24-year-old Hayes Campbell, the lead singer of the hottest boy band in the world, August Moon.
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The novel got a second wind as a popular escapist during the pandemic and was published by St. Martin’s Griffin in 2017. Westfeldt’s credits include Kissing Jessica Stein and Friends with Kids, the latter of which marked her directorial debut. Her TV credits include This is Us, Girls, 24 and Grey’s Anatomy, and she has starred on TVLand’s Younger series for the past four seasons.
Schulman won the Academy Award for Best Picture for producing Crash and produces The First Lady for Showtime, starring Viola Davis as Michelle Obama, Michelle Pfeiffer Betty Ford and Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt. In the feature film sector, she produces The Woman King for TriStar with Gina Prince-Bythewood directing Viola Davis and the drama Memory from Black Bear Pictures with Martin Campbell directed by Liam Neeson, Guy Pearce and Monica Bellucci.
Hathaway was most recently seen in Locked Down, directed by Doug Liman, and starred in Sesame Street, and is represented by CAA and Management 360; Westfeldt is represented at Jackoway Tyerman by Innovative Artists, Vault Entertainment and attorney Marcy Morris.