Kate Bosworth stays in 'Love Hotels'

Pic based on novel is 'Young Victoria' director's next project

"Young Victoria" director Jean-Marc Vallee has found his next project: "Lost Girls and Love Hotels."

Kate Bosworth is attached to star and is also producing with Relativity Media.

Nadia Conners wrote the screenplay, which adapts Catherine Hanrahan's 2006 novel.

The story centers on a woman (Bosworth) who tries to forget her past while working in Tokyo as an English specialist at a stewardess training institute by day and losing herself in a sex- and drug-addled oblivion by night. She finds herself on the road to redemption when she becomes interested in a missing Western girl.

Vallee's "Victoria," which opens Dec. 18 via Bob Berney's Apparition and Graham Kings' GK Films, is getting attention for its style and for the strong performance of Emily Blunt.

The idea with "Lost Girls" is for ICM-repped Vallee to draw a strong female performance and marry that with a setting that is gritty yet vibrant, akin to his edgy and pop-soaked take in the 2005 French Canadian hit "C.R.A.Z.Y."

The idea of a Westerner in Japan has long intrigued the creative community, though Ridley Scott's "Black Rain" and Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation" are among the few screen stories so far. That might change as a convergence of projects seems to be bubbling up to the surface.

In addition to "Lost Girls," Stephanie Austin and Sara Risher of Chickflicks Prods. optioned Lisa Fineberg Cook's recently published memoir, "Japan Took the J.A.P. Out of Me," about an American Jewish woman in that country.

On the publishing front, "Tokyo Vice" -- about an American reporter on the crime beat in Japan -- is getting much attention. Also drawing interest is Vertigo comic book "Vertigo Pop! Tokyo," by Jonathan Vankin and Seth Fisher, involving an American, a wannabe celebrity, a kidnapped rock star and the yakuza.