Schwentke finds time for NL's 'Wife'


Robert Schwentke is in final negotiations to direct "The Time Traveler's Wife" from New Line Cinema.

Based on the celebrated book by Audrey Niffenegger, the love story focuses on a couple in which the man has a genetic disorder known as "chrono-impairment," a condition that causes him to involuntarily travel through time. Jeremy Leven wrote the adaptation.

The project, produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Nick Wechsler, has long attracted directors. Steven Spielberg and David Fincher both flirted with it, and Gus Van Sant was in negotiations to direct it early last year.

No star is attached at this time.

Richard Brener and Michele Weiss are overseeing.

German-born Schwentke made his English-language feature debut with the 2005 Jodie Foster hit "Flightplan." He is repped by CAA.