Dreamgirls director Bill Condon and producer Larry Mark are teaming on another musical based on the Arthur Phillips novel The Song is You. Condon will write the script and direct for Focus Features. The following is how publisher Random House describes the book:
Julian Donahue is in love with his iPod.
Each song that shuffles through that greatest of all human inventions triggers a memory. There are songs for the girls from when he was single; theres the one for the day he met his wife-to-be, and another for the day his son was born. But when his family falls apart, even music loses its hold on him, and he has nothing.
Until one snowy night in Brooklyn, when his lifes soundtrackand life itselfstarts to play again. He stumbles into a bar and sees Cait ODwyer, a flame-haired Irish rock singer, performing with her band, and a strange and unlikely love affair is ignited.
Over the next few months, Julian and Caits passion for music and each other is played out, though they never meet. In cryptic emails, text messages, cell-phone videos, and lyrics posted on Caits website, they find something in their bizarre friendship that they cannot find anywhere else. Caits star is on the rise, and Julian gently guides her along her path to famebut always from a distanceand she responds to the one voice who understands her, more than a fan but still less than a lover.
As their feelings grow more feverish, keeping a safe distance becomes impossible. What follows is a love story and a uniquely heartbreaking dark comedy about obsession and loss.