Variety reported in April that New Line has picked up movie rights to Bensen’s Salon.com article, set the project up with Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot at their Offspring Entertainment banner and titled the project “No Baggage.”
Brooks’ credits include “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,” “Definitely, Maybe” and “Practical Magic.”
“Jeff and I traveled to eight countries in 21 days without changing clothes,” Bensen wrote in her article for Salon.com. “It sure beat meeting for coffee.”
Bensen, a writer based in Austin, Texas, said the journey went well despite the lack of belongings.
“On the surface, we appeared to be sure candidates for ‘World’s Most Unlikely Pair,’” she wrote. “He’s a wildly energetic university professor who is always on the move. I’m a reclusive writer who spends hours identifying new constellations in the ceiling paint.”
The duo made no plans in advance, Bensen noted.
“With no stuff, moving to the next destination was as simple as getting out of bed and pointing to a dot on the map,” she said. “We jumped from city to city using almost every mode of transportation on earth: an old train along the Turkish coast, a giant ferry across the Aegean, a cramped bus through the Balkans, a series of hitches through Croatia, a flight to Edinburgh and a pair of bikes in London.”
Dave Neustadter and Andrea Johnston are overseeing the project for New Line.