Cooper Replaces Baumbach On “Children”

“Crazy Heart” writer-director Scott Cooper is set to replace “The Squid and the Whale” writer-director Noah Baumbach at the helm of the film adaptation of Claire Messud’s novel “The Emperor’s Children” for Imagine Entertainment reports Twitchfilm.

The story focuses on three Brown graduates in their late 20’s struggling to make something of themselves in New York’s Upper West Side in the months before and after 9/11. These include an ‘it girl’ finishing her first book, a quiet but pretty television producer and a struggling freelance critic.

Baumbach scripted the adaptation. His departure is likely due to a scheduling conflict with two other projects in the works next year. Cooper’s involvement raises questions as to the fate of Relativity’s “Out Of The Furnace” to which he was attached.

Keira Knightley, Eric Bana, and Richard Gere were all previously linked with the project last year while Michelle Williams was in pursuit of the TV producer role. It’s unsure which of these names are still attached, but Rachel McAdams and Emma Thompson have reportedly just joined the cast.

Shooting will kick off in the Spring with Brian Grazer producing.