Filming began today on the film, which David Frankel is directing from a script by Howard Franklin. Also joining the cast are Rosamund Pike, JoBeth Williams, Brian Dennehy, Brian Dennehy, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Anderson and Tim Blake Nelson, with Kevin Pollak and Joel McHale in talks for roles in the film as well. They all join a cast that already included Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson.
The film is based off the 1998 book by Mark Obmascik, which revolves around three men who try to keep outdoing each other in a yearlong bird-watching competition. Jones will play Black's love interest, also a bird-watcher, while Huston will also play a competitive bird-watcher while Parsons will play a bird-watching blogger.