This time last year, there was a great battle raging between the two Snow White movies, itself a great example of the idiocy that can stem from executives getting overzealous with the opportunities afforded by a national public domain. After it’s been settled — probably with a general victory in Tarsem‘s camp, sequels on the other side notwithstanding — the actors from either don’t have to glance at one another with withering glances. Mirror Mirror‘s Snow White and Huntsman‘s Prince Charming are going to share their own romance, which is almost sort of funny. I mean, no, not funny — amusing, at most — but it makes for an okay lede. Or so I thought.
Anyhow, Deadline report that Lily Collins and Sam Claflin (who will be seen in Catching Fire later this year) are being roped into Love, Rosie, a romantic comedy that will mark the English-language debut of German director Christian Ditter. (Sort of appropriate, given where the project’s being set up.) Based on Cecilia Ahern‘s novel, Where Rainbows End, and as scripted by Juliette Towhidi, it revolves around the obstacles overcome by Rosie and Alex, two vaguely European teenagers — the book casts them as Irish, so let’s go with that — whose bonds of love are shaken when the former learns of her pregnancy from a different boy. Such news arrives after they’ve made plans to go to America for college, and it’s with its arrival that Rosie tells Alex to make his way in the world without her being a burden — and, as an audience, we see how connections are maintained over the next twelve years.
All of which sounds a little heavy for what’s slotted into the romantic comedy slot, but to each their own in applying genre labels. Mister Smith will be financing and producing, while Constantin and Canyon Creek Films are producing for a May start.
Do you think Collins and Claflin will make a good pair? Is Love, Rosie a wise project with which to partner up on?
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