On the heels of Jennifer Lawrence dropping out of Tri-Star’s The Rosie Project, The Hollywood Reporter has learned the romantic dramedy’s director Richard Linklater has also departed.
Sources say both actress and director left the project Monday.
Lawrence’s departure had to do with scheduling, according to several sources. The actress has been jumping from one movie to another — she went from X-Men: Apocalypse in the spring and summer to currently shooting Passengers — and the studio was hoping to shoot Rosie in the winter. Instead, the Oscar-winner needed a break.
Rosie was developed as a Lawrence vehicle, and Linklater, then making his first move since nabbing six Oscar nominations for his film Boyhood, came on board for a chance to work with the actress.
The studio considers the project a priority and will look for a new filmmaker and star immediately.
Rosie tells the story of a socially inept genetics professor who comes up with a scientifically sound survey to find the perfect mate. His plans go awry when he meets Rosie Jarman, who in her whirlwind manner, possesses all the opposite qualities he should be looking for.
An adaptation of the book by Graeme Simsion, the project has a script by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber. Matt Tolmach and Michael Costigan are producing.