Nicole Holofcener to Write, Direct ‘Land of Steady Habits’ for Fox Searchlight

The filmmaker’s frequent collaborator Anthony Bregman will produce the adaptation of Ted Thompson’s novel

Unknown“Enough Said” filmmaker Nicole Holofcener is set to write and direct an adaptation of Ted Thompson’s novel “The Land of Steady Habits” for Fox Searchlight, TheWrap has learned.

Anthony Bregman of Likely Story will produce, while Fox Searchlight executive Matthew Greenfield will oversee development on behalf of the studio.

According to Amazon, the story follows a 60-year-old man named Anders Hill who abandons his career and family for a new life. He quickly learns that the very world he rejected may be the one he needs, and sets out on a journey to reconcile the past with the present.

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Published by Little, Brown, the novel was Amazon’s featured debut in April and has garnered rave reviews since its release.

Thompson himself seemed delighted by the news, with the author writing on his blog, “I should probably say I’m kind of in awe of the fact that a director I’ve long admired wants to make it, and that there’s even a possibility this could actually happen.”

Holofcener is the well-respected director behind acclaimed indie films such as “Walking and Talking,” “Lovely & Amazing,” “Friends with Money,” “Please Give” and “Enough Said.” She earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for “Enough Said,” which starred Julia Louis Dreyfus and James Gandolfini in one of his final film roles.

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Bregman has produced all of Holofcener’s movies except for “Walking and Talking.”

Holofcener also recently adapted Laura Lippman’s novel “Every Secret Thing” for Bregman and director Amy Berg. The film stars Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks and Dakota Fanning.

Holofcener is represented by UTA and Jackoway Tyerman, while UTA also represented Thompson on behalf of PJ Mark at Janklow & Nesbit Associates.