Playwright Richard Greenberg’s “Three Days of Rain” — currently on Broadway in a limited run, toplining Julia Roberts — is headed to the bigscreen.
Deborah Reinisch has acquired the film rights and will produce and direct the pic from an adaptation penned by Greenberg. Sean Costello (“Stephanie Daley”) is also producing.
A spring 2007 start date has been set, but no cast is yet aboard.
Move marks Reinisch’s second collaboration with Greenberg: She previously helmed and produced the scribe’s “Ask Me Again” for PBS’ “American Playhouse” series.
Helmer — whose previous credits also include TV work on “Early Edition,” “Sisters” and “thirtysomething” — has held an option on “Rain” for two-plus years and recently sealed the rights purchase.
Set in 1960 and 1995, “Rain” follows a brother, sister and their childhood friend, who regroup following the death of the siblings’ father, a celebrated architect.
“The movie is about how little children never really know about their parents,” said Reinisch of how she views the project.
Joe Mantello is directing the current stage version of “Rain,” which also stars Paul Rudd and Bradley Cooper. Original Off Broadway run of the show, in 1997, starred John Slattery, Patricia Clarkson and Bradley Whitford.
Roberts’ arrival on the Great White Way was highly anticipated, and the result has been a sellout limited run at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater.
But critical response to Roberts’ legit turn has been tepid.
Roberts will next move on to Universal’s “Charlie Wilson’s War,” opposite Tom Hanks, for director Mike Nichols.
That will mark a return to onscreen work for the thesp who has recently lent voice talent to such CG pics as “Charlotte’s Web” and “Ant Bully,” after having had twins in November 2004.