’40 Days of Dating’ Movie Based on Blog Gets Director and Screenwriter

By September 18, 2013

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If the “love story” of Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman sounds like something ripped from a movie, it pretty much is – the purveyors of the “40 Days of Dating” blog were deluged with interest for the blog’s film rights before they even finished their online experiment. Deadline Hollywood reports that a “wild auction” ended just yesterday with Warner Bros. snapping up the rights to the blog, and the studio has already set director Michael Sucsy (The Vow) and screenwriter Lorene Scafaria (Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World) to adapt their dual (and dueling) site into a film.

Walsh and Goodman started their dating experiment back in March, viewing it as an attempt to purge the pair of their bad romantic habits. The longtime pals (and both designers, which should be obvious from the nifty layout of their site) who kept running into the same roadblocks in their relationships – Walsh would get into relationships “too quickly,” while Goodman fears commitment and would date around – came up with the idea to date each other. For forty days. With strict rules (like no fooling around with other people, which seems, well, like a pretty obvious rule). And keep a blog about the situation.

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As the blog explains it: “It’s been said that it takes 40 days to change a bad habit. In an attempt to explore and hopefully overcome their fears and inadequacies, Tim and Jessica will go through the motions of a relationship for the next 40 days: the commitment, time, companionship, joys and frustrations. Can they help each other, or will they fall into their same habits? Will they damage their friendship? What if they fall in love?” What do you think?

The experiment ended in April, and you can read their site and skip ahead to see how it ends, though we’re wondering if their somewhat murky conclusion will be tightened up by the time it hits the big screen.

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.
  • Henry Herrera

    Maybe I should start a blog and get a movie produced…