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'Like Crazy' team will get 'Through to You'

March 21, 2011 |  1:19 pm


EXCLUSIVE: Perhaps no filmmaking team was hotter at Sundance this year than Drake Doremus, Jonathan Schwartz and Ben York Jones, the group behind the multiple-award winner "Like Crazy." Now the trio will collaborate on a new film, reuniting with "Like Crazy" distributor Paramount Pictures.

According to a person who was briefed on the project but not authorized to speak about it publicly, the studio and "Up In the Air" producer Montecito Picture Co. have acquired rights to the novel "Through to You," a youth-themed science fiction romance. The plan is for Doremus to direct, Jones to write and Schwartz to produce (those deals are still being negotiated). A Paramount representative was not immediately available for comment.

Emily Hainsworth's young-adult novel, set to come out from HarperCollins in 2012, centers on a grieving teen who discovers a parallel world in which his girlfriend is still alive. (On its face the project has some similarities to another Sundance hit, "Another Earth," which also deals with tragedy and alternate universes.)

The Doremus-Schwartz-Jones triumvirate proved that it can make an affecting love story with "Crazy." That movie, which Paramount will release later this year, is a long-distance romance starring Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones that won rave reviews, as well as Sundance's grand jury prize and a special jury prize for Jones. Now the filmmakers will look to bring the romance with a genre twist.

-- Steven Zeitchik


Photo: Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones in "Like Crazy." Credit: Paramount Pictures