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'Easy A' director Will Gluck in talks to adapt Ben Mezrich's new book 'Sex on the Moon'

March 23, 2011 |  3:35 pm

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EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director Will Gluck is currently putting finishing touches on his upcoming summer comedy "Friends with Benefits," a romantic comedy pairing Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis as pals who attempt to add a new dimension to their relationship due out July 22. But he's already looking beyond that film to a new feature -- Gluck is in talks with Sony Pictures and its team from "The Social Network" to develop and direct author Ben Mezrich's new book "Sex on the Moon," according to sources close to the film who declined to be identified.

The project would cement a burgeoning relationship between the studio and Gluck, who was behind 2010's $8-million comedy "Easy A" starring Emma Stone that became a $74-million worldwide hit; Sony is also releasing "Friends With Benefits."

"Sex on the Moon" would be a bit of a departure for Gluck, who began his career in television. The project tracks the wild escapades of 25-year-old NASA intern Thad Roberts, who in an effort to impress a girl orchestrated a plan to steal lunar rocks from the Johnson Space Center and sell them on the Internet. Mezrich, who wrote "The Accidental Billionaires," the book Aaron Sorkin adapted for the Academy Award-nominated film "The Social Network," will debut "Sex on the Moon" on July 12.

The studio purchased the rights to the project earlier this year and will collaborate with the producers behind "The Social Network": Scott Rudin, Michael DeLuca, Dana Brunetti and executive producer Kevin Spacey.

To read more on Roberts adventures before to the debut of Mezrich's book, check out the Los Angeles Times' story from 2004 that chronicled his escapades.

-- Nicole Sperling

Photo: "Easy A." Credit: Sony

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