Gus van Sant is in negotiations to develop and direct Restless, an original screenplay by first-time screenwriter Jason Lew that will be produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard (THR).

It does seem like a rather “friendly” film, with the two Howards involved, and is only furthered when you realize that the screenwriter, Lew, went to college with Bryce Howard and the two acted in plays together.

Although some may be accusing them of helping a friend out, none of the talent that’s getting involved would come on board without there being something for them to work with. With Van Sant fresh off Milk‘s success, I can’t wait to see what he’ll do next. Van Sant and the Howard’s both like to work on films that pull on the heart-strings, although their styles are very different. It will be interesting to see how they all come together.

Sadly, the description of the film has not been released. All that we know that it is a “contemporary and distinctive take on young love.” Well, that could mean almost anything.

The intent is to shoot the movie in Oregon for around $15 million.

What do you think about Lew working with the Howard duo? And do you think Gus van Sant is the right man for the job?