According to Variety, Revolution Studios has set Nigel Cole to direct Strange Son, the Bruce Joel Rubin-scripted true story of a mother's quest to communicate with her autistic son.

Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas is producing for Julia Roberts' production company, Red Om. Deborah Schindler will exec produce.

The pic is based on a book written by Portia Iverson, wife of producer Jon Shestack, about her son Dov, now 13. In the book, to be published next year by Riverhead Press, Iverson tells how she researched autism to find a way to break through the wall that kept her son from communicating with her.

She stumbled across a woman in India who had devised a rapid prompting technique.

Iverson began using the technique, -- which consists of a series of touches that allows an autistic child to drown out the static in his brain, to focus and communicate by touching letters and writing words -- to achieve the couple's goal of communicating with their son.