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‘Me And Earl And The Dying Girl’ Helmer Alfonso Gomez-Rejon To Direct Relationship Drama ‘Siracusa’

'Me And Earl And The Dying Girl' Helmer Alfonso Gomez-Rejon To Direct Relationship Drama 'Siracusa'

While “Me And Earl And The Dying Girl” director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon was a victim of the annual Sundance backlash, where a film gets praised in Park City only to flop commercially and get critical barbs when it’s released down the line, that hasn’t stopped him from pressing on with new projects. While he might have hit a slight bump in the road last fall when he abruptly exited Will Smith‘s upcoming “Collateral Beauty” (David Frankel took over), he’s got some major projects brewing including “The Current War,” with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal attached, and “A Foreigner,” set to star Oscar Isaac. Now the director’s slate has one more cooking.

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Deadline reports that Gomez-Rejon will direct an adaptation of Delia Ephron‘s upcoming novel “Siracusa.” Set to be published this summer, the author will adapt her own “Rashomon“-like story about four friends who travel to Italy, where infidelity and catastrophe surface. Here’s the book synopsis: 

An electrifying novel about marriage and deceit from bestselling author Delia Ephron that follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, a town on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from each other are exposed and relationships are unraveled. 
New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine — Finn, his wife Taylor, and their daughter Snow. “From the beginning,” says Taylor, “it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together.” Told Rashomon-style in alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities past and present. Snow, ten years old and precociously drawn into a far more adult drama, becomes the catalyst for catastrophe as the novel explores collusion and betrayal in marriage.
Working Title is developing the project, and while that’s happening, Gomez-Rejon is currently shooting his Hulu pilot “Citizen.” 

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