Duo teams for 'Pursuit of Unhappiness'

Peter Herrmann, Sherry Hormann to adapt self-help book

COLOGNE, Germany – Peter Herrmann and Sherry Hormann, the director/producer team behind Waris Dirie biography "Desert Flower," are re-teaming to adapt self-help bestseller "The Situation Is Hopeless But Not Serious (The Pursuit of Unhappiness)" from psychologist Paul Watzlawick.

The 1983 tome is an ironic guide to the typical ways in which people conspire to sabotage their own happiness. Hormann will use Wartzlawick's book and theories as the basis for a fictional comedy.

"Desert Flower," which starred Sally Hawkins and model Liya Kebede, was a sleeper hit in Germany, where both Hermann and Hormann are based, earning nearly $10 million at the box office. Herrmann's producer credits also include 2001 Foreign Language Oscar-winner "Nowhere in Africa."
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