According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired the movie rights to "The Ha-Ha: A Novel", by first-time writer Dave King, for Akiva Goldsman to produce and possibly direct.

The book, published last month, is written from the perspective of a brain-damaged Vietnam veteran who can't speak or write. When his high-school sweetheart, for whom he still pines, dumps her 9-year-old son on his doorstep so she can enter drug rehab, the vet is forced to break out of his sheltered routine.

Goldsman won on Oscar for writing A Beautiful Mind.