'Superbad' director would adapt Eugenides novel

“Superbad” helmer Greg Mottola is in early talks to pen “The Marriage Plot,” based on the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, for Sony and Scott Rudin Prods.

Rudin is set to produce the project.

Story focuses on a coming-of-age love triangle in the early 1980s. At the center is a bookish English major caught up in the affections of two men. As the romance of her favorite 19th century love stories begins to seep into her own life, the trio move from college to the real world.

Eugenides won a Pulitzer Prize for novel “Middlesex” and also penned “The Virgin Suicides.”

Mottola, repped by UTA, most recently directed “Paul” for Universal; there’s no word on whether he would direct “Marriage Plot.” Multihyphenate is not believed to be attached to helm a feature shooting in the near future.

Mottola worked with Sony on “Superbad” and with Rudin in helming the pilot of HBO’s upcoming Aaron Sorkin series “The Newsroom,” which Rudin is exec producing.

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