Oscar nominated screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, whose work on the 2008 sensation Slumdog Millionaire, has reportedly been tapped by Spuglass entertainment to write Leap Year, a romantic comedy vehicle for the lovely Amy Adams. Adams is said to be playing an uptight woman who travels to Dublin to propose to her boyfriend on leap day, Feb. 29, following an Irish tradition in which women propose to men on that day and the man must say yes. When weather derails her trip, she enlists the help of a surly Irish innkeeper to make an unexpected cross-country trek to pull off the perfect proposal in time.
Shopgirl director Anand Tucker has signed on to helm the film, which has already gone through a few drafts — including one by Made of Honor writers Harry Elfont and Deb Kaplan, which is said to have attracted Adams to the project, at least according to THR’s report. The signifigance of this is that Beaufoy, who previously wrote both The Full Monty and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (also starring Adams), is a very capable writer. And anyone who’se seen Made of Honor knows of the troubles Elfont and Kaplan have had with romantic comedy in the past. Put simply, Made of Honor was terrible — and many of it problems were script-related. Thus, there is hope for Leap Year, assuming Beaufoy can deliver. My personal vote is that he will. Not to mention the fact that I almost never bet against Amy Adams. I mean, look at her in the picture above — how could she do any wrong?