David Gordon Green Takes Time-Travel Tale Q


Columbia Pictures is in final discussions to acquire the rights to the novel Q, by Evan Mandery for writer/director David Gordon Green and producer Matt Tolmach. The book is described as follows on Mandery’s official site:

Shortly before his wedding, the unnamed hero of this uncommon romance is visited by a man, claiming to be his future self, who ominously admonishes the protagonist that he must not marry the love of his life, Q. The author doubts this stranger, but in time becomes convinced of his authenticity and leaves his fiancée. The resulting void in his life is impossible to fill. One after the other, future selves arrive urging him to marry someone else, divorce, attend law school, leave law school, travel, join a running club, stop running, study the guitar, the cello, Proust, Buddhism, opera, and eliminate gluten from his diet. The only constants in this madcap quest for personal improvement are the author’s love for his New York City home and for his beloved Q. Q turns the classic story of transcendent love on its head, with an ending that will melt even the darkest heart.

Tolmach previously collaborated with David Gordon Green when the two worked together on the hit film Pineapple Express.

Pouya Shahbazian, who manages Mandery, will produce the film with Tolmach. The book was discovered by Matt Tolmach Productions executives Robert Kessel and Kate Checci, who will also work on developing the project. Andrea Giannetti is overseeing Q for Columbia Pictures along with Hannah Minghella.