You’re going to hear more about this story, as next month Focus Features will start shooting a movie adaptation, with Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe) and Anne Hathaway starring.
According to UK paper The Guardian, the book was made for the screen:
Former actor David Nicholls writes novels with at least one eye on the big screen. Having successfully translated his debut Starter For Ten into a film, his latest novel suggests more feelgood outings to the local picture house. One Day tells the story of potential love thwarted by the disappointments of post-university existence. It begins with a drunken tryst on the night of Emma and Dexter’s graduation, and each subsequent chapter visits the pair on the same day of the year as they stumble through their adult lives. While the plot might sound like a movie pitch, Nicholls is a great comic writer, and One Day‘s characters are so luminously rendered that they quickly assume heart-thumping significance.
Will you read the book or wait for the movie’s 2011 release? Here’s some good news about this rom com: the director is Lone Scherfig, who directed one of my favorite movies of 2009, An Education.
For a preview of the novel, read chapter one on Vintage’s website.