It’s tough to think of a director more suited to adapt Claire Messud‘s acclaimed “disenchanted upper class New Yorkers” novel than Noah Baumbach, so it’s a bummer to hear that the filmmaker has now pulled out of the project. On the plus side, his replacement sounds like an interesting, if not quite as obvious, choice — Scott Cooper, who made his directorial debut with 2009′s Crazy Heart and hasn’t helmed another picture since. More details after the jump.

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Noah Baumbach‘s latest film Greenberg is opening to fairly strong reception, and while there’s that word that he’s helping rewrite the heist film Tower Heist for Brett Ratner, I figured that it might be a moment before we heard anything for certain about Baumbach’s next directorial project.

But Baumbach is already signing to direct The Emperor’s Children, for producer Brian Grazer. Ron Howard was previously attached to direct from a script by Baumbach, but he’s handed over the reigns. Read More »

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