Spyglass, helmer circle 'Goddess' pic

Andy Fickman to direct adaptation of Sophie Kinsella book

Andy Fickman is set to direct "The Undomestic Goddess," Universal's adaptation of Sophie Kinsella's best-selling novel.

Spyglass is coming aboard to produce with Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal's Tribeca Prods.

Adapted by Aline Brosh McKenna ("The Devil Wears Prada"), Kinsella's book centers on a workaholic female attorney who, believing she wrecked her chances of being named partner at her London firm, has a meltdown and ends up in the English countryside. After stopping at a large house to ask directions, she is mistaken as a candidate for a maid position and takes a housekeeping job.

The studio is keeping the book's English setting.

Universal snapped up the book in 2005 and at one point had Tom Bezucha attached to direct. Fickman and Spyglass' involvement brings the adaptation out of the cupboard and back on the table.

Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Jonathan Glickman are producing for Spyglass.

Fickman "had a great take on the material," Rosenthal said. "Actors love him, we love him. What more could you ask for when casting a romantic comedy?"

Repped by WME and Evolution, Fickman is known for such lighthearted fare as "The Game Plan" and "She's the Man." He recently wrapped "You Again," a comedy for Disney starring Kristen Bell, Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kristin Chenoweth.

Kristin Lowe and Maradith Frankel are overseeing for Universal.
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