Deadline reports that David Yates has dropped out of directing “Your Voice in My Head.” Emma Watson is supposed to star in the adaptation of Emma Forrest’s memoir.
First Deadline said Yates had left the project due to “personal reasons and a family health issue,” which is something we all hate to hear; we wish him and his family the best if this is true and not just rumor. Later Yates issued a statement:
“Unfortunately, due to conflicting schedules and ongoing commitments in the narrow window I was hoping to make this film, it has become no longer possible for me to direct ‘Your Voice in My Head.’ I am sincerely sorry to be leaving such a fantastic project, and I wish producer Alison Owen and everyone involved the very best for what I am sure will be a distinctive film.”
The book is about a depressed journalist who finds her salvation in a therapist, who has cancer and dies just as her treatment was beginning to go well. Oh no. What about her? How dare he die? Somewhere along the way she has a bad affair with an unnamed movie star who everyone knows is Colin Farrell.
Reportedly Yates had been hoping to get a pretty decent name to play the therapist, with talk of Stanley Tucci being up for the role. There seems to be some speculation that Watson was in on this project mostly because of Yates (they worked together on several Harry Potter movies) and won’t want to do it without him (he did lobby for a postponement but the producers said no). I sincerely doubt that–she’s been looking for good leading roles to break out of the post-Potter doldrums. She has “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” coming out later this year and “The Bling Ring” for next year. “Your Voice in My Head” really seems like a kind of “Oscar bait” role–look, I’m depressed, I’m trying to commit suicide, I’m in therapy. So unless they choose, like, Michael Bay to direct, I think she’ll stay in.