Alexander Payne ("The Descendants," "Nebraska") is set to team with Fox Searchlight on "The Judge's Will".
The story is based on Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's New Yorker article about the final moments in the chess game relationship between an ailing Delhi judge and his beautiful younger Bombay wife.
Each has separate lives, even though they live under the same roof. As he nears death, the judge wants to be sure that his even younger, barely educated mistress is cared for and not cast out.
Jhabvala, who passed away in April, was a Booker Prize-winning novelist and Oscar-winning screenwriter. She was also the go to scribe for Ismael Merchant and James Ivory's films such as "Howard's End," "The Remains of the Day" and "A Room with a View".
Conde Nast Entertainment and Ad Hominem Enterprises will produce the film.