You Shall Know Our Velocity, in which two friends try to give away thousands of dollars on a world trip, to shoot next spring
The Harry Potter star is attached to headline the comedy – his first to hit multiplexes – for director Peter Sollett, who made Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Short-story writer Wells Tower is writing the screenplay for the project, which is being shopped to buyers at the Cannes film festival.
"Dave Eggers is a gifted storyteller and we are thrilled to be turning his hilarious yet poignant story of two best friends travelling the world into a feature film," said producer Michael Benaroya, of International Film Trust.
You Shall Know Our Velocity centres on two childhood friends who set out on a dizzying week-long, round-the-world odyssey with the aim of giving away a large sum of money to a deserving, yet-to-be determined cause. Published in 2002, it was Eggers's debut novel. The cult US author is best known for his 2000 pseudo-memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, which chronicled his 20-year-old self's attempts to bring up a younger brother, Christopher, after their parents both died of cancer within the space of a few months.
Projects based on Eggers books have a chequered history in Hollywood. A movie version of A Heartbreaking Work was once planned, but Eggers told Entertainment Weekly in 2007 that the film was unlikely to emerge since studio New Line's option on it had run out. You Shall Know Our Velocity was previously set to be adapted by Miguel Arteta as far back as 2007.
In June last year, Tom Hanks was reported to be reuniting with Cloud Atlas director Tom Tykwer for an adaptation of another Eggers novel, A Hologram for the King.
You Shall Know Our Velocity is due to shoot in spring 2015.
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