This is quite a year for Simon Beaufoy. Last year we announced that Anand Tucker, the director for Shopgirl, would be directing Amy Adams in the upcoming romantic comedy Leap Year for Spyglass. Now they’ve adding English Simon Beaufoy’s, the writer for the wildly popular Slumdog Millionaire to the film. It looks like this is going to be one hell of a romantic comedy with two current Oscar nominated filmmakers.
Leap Year is the story about an uptight women (Adam) who travels to Dublin to propose to her boyfriend on leap day, February 29th, because of an Irish tradition that says that any man who receives a marriage proposal on that day has to 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.
This sounds like an incredible leap (pun intended) for Beaufoy. Going from Slumdog to quirky romantic comedy. But as we know from his previous work on The Full Monty and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, he knows how to take the “already been done” and make it into something amazing. And then they have Amy Adams to back whatever genius he writes.
This may actually be a wedding movie I go and see!
What do you think? Is this a step down for Beaufory or the perfect opportunity?