According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lajos Koltai is in final negotiations to direct the screen adaptation of Susan Minot's best-selling novel Evening for Focus Features and Hart Sharp Entertainment. Minot and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham (The Hours) adapted the story of a woman, reflecting back on one weekend in her youth when she met the love of her life, as her two daughters try to come to terms with the mother's impending death while struggling with their own personal issues.

Evening is the first English-language film to be directed by Hungarian filmmaker Koltai. The former cinematographer -- Oscar-nominated in 2001 for lensing Malena -- most recently directed Fateless, a historical drama based on Nobel laureate Imre Kertesz's novel about Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. Fateless was Hungary's submission to this year's Academy Awards.