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Beautiful Ruins, the epic romance novel EW counted among 2012’s best fiction, has found a director. Todd Field will helm the project and will also co-write the script with Jess Walter, author of the best-selling book.

The news was announced today by the heads of Cross Creek Pictures (Black Swan) and Smuggler Films (Greetings From Tim Buckley), which are set to produce the project.

Beautiful Ruins, Walter’s sixth novel, tells the stories of a beautiful American starlet fresh off the set of Cleopatra who flees to an Italian village after learning that she is dying, an ambitious development assistant in modern Hollywood, and her boss, a producer who got his start on Cleopatra. The book hops between continents and decades, taking place in both 1960s Italy and contemporary Los Angeles.

Field’s past work includes In the Bedroom and the Kate Winslet-starring 2006 film Little Children, which he also directed and co-wrote with the author of the novel on which it’s based.

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