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To say that director has been somewhat less than prolific in filmmaking over the last decade would be something of an understatement, considering his last movie in theaters was Charlie Wilson's War, which was on screens six years ago.

Busy with the theater and documentary-style projects since then, Nichols appears to be getting back on the Hollywood horse and is in talks to helm One Last Thing Before I Go for 's Bad Robot production company and Paramount. An official deal has not yet been reached, but Bad Robot is apparently committed enough to the project that it has already started putting feelers out for interested actors.

The drama, based on the Jonathan Tropper novel, revolves around the story of Drew Silver, a likable loafer and good-for-nothing. Here's the synopsis:

You don't have to look very hard at Drew Silver to see that mistakes have been made. His fleeting fame as the drummer for a one-hit wonder rock band is nearly a decade behind him. He lives in the Versailles, an apartment building filled almost exclusively with divorced men like him, and makes a living playing in wedding bands. His ex-wife, Denise, is about to marry a guy Silver can't quite bring himself to hate. And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter Casey has just confided in him that she's pregnant—because Silver is the one she cares least about letting down.

So when he learns that his heart requires emergency, lifesaving surgery, Silver makes the radical decision to refuse the operation, choosing instead to use what little time he has left to repair his relationship with Casey, become a better man, and live in the moment, even if that moment isn't destined to last very long. As his exasperated family looks on, Silver grapples with the ultimate question of whether or not his own life is worth saving.

This is a definite departure for Paramount, whose empire the past few years has been built on the back of , along with help from the Paranormal Activity series. Still, the plot of the story creates a lot of room for a movie that could be both laugh-out-loud funny and tear-jerking. It has the feel of a film that could garner a few award nominations for whomever steps into the role of Drew (, please say Bill Nighy), no?

No word yet (obviously) on casting or dates of filming, but with Bad Robot being so keen to get this off the ground, expect a lot of news to be tumbling our way sooner rather than later. [[follow]] and stay up to date on all the latest.


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