'An Education' helmer lines up 'One Day'

Lone Scherfig in talks to direct film based on a British novel

Lone Scherfig is lining up her first project since directing "An Education."

The Danish helmer is in negotiations to helm "One Day," a romantic comedy based on a novel by British author David Nicholls set up at Focus. Nina Jacobson is producing via her Color Force banner along with Random House Films.

"Day" revolves around Dexter and Emma, who meet for the first time during their graduation in 1988 and proceed to meet one day a year for the next 20 years. In "When Harry Met Sally ..." fashion, the story tracks their lives and loves until they realize they were meant for each other.

Nicholls, repped by CAA and the U.K.'s Independent Talent Group, is adapting his novel. The author also did double duty with "Starter for 10." Random House is publishing the novel next year in the U.S.; it has been released in the U.K.

Jacobson is in postproduction on "Diary of A Wimpy Kid," an adaptation of the Jeff Kinney books. Her Color Force is developing an adaptation of "The Hunger Games," based on Suzanne Collins' best-selling young-adult book series, set up at Lionsgate.

Danish filmmaker Scherfig's "Education" is her third English-language feature. The movie premiered this year at Sundance, earning critical notices as well as mentions for the breakout performance of Carey Mulligan.

Mulligan is considered a strong contender for best actress consideration during awards season.

Scherfig is repped by Casarotto Ramsey & Associates and Wisdom Literary.