According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures has optioned feature film rights to Around the World in 80 Dates for producers Reese Witherspoon, her production partner Jennifer Simpson and Michael De Luca. Jeff Rake has signed on to write the adaptation of the book, which is part travel guide and part relationship primer, combining dating realities with romantic settings. It is undecided whether Witherspoon will star.
The studio also has acquired life rights to the author, Jennifer Cox. In Dates, Cox, who is a travel journalist, gets friends from around the world to act as matchmaker for an 80-date spree. The book was published last month.