By Anthony Breznican
Updated January 28, 2014 at 12:00 PM EST
Meredith has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Meredith may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links.
(inset) Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images
  • Movie

The Possibilities, a new novel from The Descendants author Kaui Hart Hemmings, is about four months away from publication, but a film adaptation is already in the works from writer-director Jason Reitman.

The Up in the Air and Labor Day filmmaker will pen the screenplay for the film and plans to direct the story about a Colorado woman who starts a friendship with a mysterious young girl while mourning the loss of her son, who has died in a skiing avalanche.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the story, and sources confirmed it to EW.

The Possibilities will be the second novel from Hemmings, whose first book was made into the movie starring George Clooney as a man who dealing with his wife’s infidelity while she lay comatose after a boating accident. Alexander Payne, who directed that film, won an Oscar for co-writing the screenplay with Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.

She is also the author of the short story collection House of Thieves.

Reitman, whose latest film, Labor Day, opens nationwide on Friday, is currently filming an adaptation of the Chad Kultgen book Men, Women, & Children in Austin with Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jennifer Garner, and Judy Greer.

The Descendants

  • Movie
  • R
  • 115 minutes
  • Alexander Payne