Nick Hornby’s bestseller Juliet, Naked is making the leap to the screen with Jesse Peretz (Our Idiot Brother, Girls) now signed on as director. Los Angeles Media Fund is backing the project and Judd Apatow (Trainwreck), Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Barry Mendel (Bridesmaids), and Jeffrey Soros are on board as producers. Slums of Beverly Hills‘ Tamara Jenkins is adapting Hornby’s book for the screen.
“I’m thrilled to extend my long collaboration with Jesse to this film,” said Apatow. “He’s a master of bringing complicated characters to life with empathy and humor, and he’s just the perfect director to tell Nick Hornby’s great story.”
“We are very excited to have Jesse on board as the director of Juliet, Naked. Jesse’s background as a musician and his command of character-driven comedy are ideal for this wonderful project,” stated Los Angeles Media Fund’s Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman.
Juliet, Naked is the latest in a long line of books from Nick Hornby that have been adapted into feature films. Fever Pitch, High Fidelity, About a Boy, and A Long Way Down were previously adapted for the screen, and Hornby also wrote the screenplays for Brooklyn, Wild, and An Education.
The Plot: Juliet, Naked is the story of Annie, the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan, and her unlikely transatlantic romance with once revered, now faded, singer-songwriter, Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the subject of Duncan’s musical obsession.