Roberts heats Columbia's 'Hothouse'


UPDATED 1:09 p.m. PT Jan. 28, 2008

Julia Roberts has signed on to produce and is attached to star in the film adaptation of Margot Berwin's upcoming novel "Hothouse Flowers" for Sony's Columbia Pictures.

Roberts will play a recently divorced woman who is dissatisfied with her job at a Manhattan ad agency and goes off on an adventure that takes her to places she never expected to go.

The studio bought the rights to the book by writer Berwin, who was repped by CAA in the deal. The project, however, has no writer or script because of the almost 3-month-old writers strike.

Joe Roth ("The Great Debaters") and Suzanne and Jennifer Todd ("Across the Universe") also are producing. Columbia executive Andrea Giannetti is overseeing for the studio.

Roberts, who is repped by CAA and attorney Barry Hirsch, most recently starred in "Charlie Wilson's War" and recently wrapped the indie family drama "Fireflies in the Garden." Her next project is "Duplicity."

CAA also represents Roth and Team Todd.

Upcoming projects for Roth, who is also repped by attorney Skip Brittenham, include "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" and, with Team Todd, "Alice in Wonderland."

Team Todd, also represented by attorney Michael Gendler, recently wrapped "The Accidental Husband."

Berwin is repped by book agent Sam Hiyate from the Rights Factory. Her book is set for release in Spring 2009 through Vintage Books, a division of Knopf.