Amazon and Welle Entertainment adapt “The Idea Of You” for Anne Hathaway – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios and Welle Entertainment have reached a deal to develop Robinne Lee’s novel The Idea Of You as a featured vehicle for Anne Hathaway. Tony-nominated actress and director Jennifer Westfeldt adapts the script based on the bestseller. Cathy Schulman produces through her label Welle Entertainment, dedicated to generating content focused on women with diverse perspectives.
The idea of you centers around Sophie, a 40-year-old divorced mother. Sophie’s husband Dan left her for a younger wife, and now he’s canceled his Coachella trip with their 15-year-old daughter. Sophie picks up the pieces and braves the crowds and the heat of the desert. There she meets 24-year-old Hayes Campbell, the lead singer of the hottest boy group on the planet, August Moon.
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The novel took a second wind as a popular escape read during the pandemic, and it was published in 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin. Westfeldt’s credits include Kiss Jessica Stein, and Friends with kids, the last of which marked her directorial debut. His TV credits include This is We Girls 24 and Grey’s Anatomy, and she has co-starred the past four seasons in the TVLand series Younger.
Schulman won the Oscar for Best Picture for Production crash, and she produces the series The first lady for Showtime starring Viola Davis as Michelle Obama, Michelle Pfeiffer Betty Ford and Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt. In terms of feature films, it produces The woman king for TriStar with Gina Prince-Bythewood directing Viola Davis, and the drama from Black Bear Pictures Memory, with Martin Campbell directing Liam Neeson, Guy Pearce and Monica Bellucci.
Last seen in the film directed by Doug Liman Locked and featured in the Sesame Street film, Hathaway is replaced by CAA and Management 360; Westfeldt is replaced by Innovative Artists, Vault Entertainment and lawyer Marcy Morris at Jackoway Tyerman.