Art & Experience: With the romantic comedy drama The Rosie Project falling apart last month, Boyhood director Richard Linklater has now set an adaptation of Maria Semple’s 2012 bestseller Where’d You Go, Bernadette? as his next project, with Oscar winner Cate Blanchett in talks to star.


The project has been written by screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars), who were also behind the script for The Rosie Project, and tells of agoraphobic architect who goes missing before a family trip. Here’s the book synopsis…

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle–and people in general–has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. 

Blanchett has been hugely in demand since winning her second Oscar. She stars as a married woman who embarks on an affair with a younger aspiring photographer (Rooney Mara) in 1950s New York in the Todd Haynes dramaCarol, and plays the US television news producer Mary Mapes in James Vanderbilt’s Truth, about news anchor Dan Rather’s controversial last days at CBS. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? is set up at Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures, which is also producing Linklater’s next release, Everybody Wants Some. Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson are also producing. The latter film debuted in the US on October 30 and is due to hit UK screens on March 4 next year, though it also screened at last month’s London film festival.