Universal Pictures has bought the rights to the Claire Messud novel, The Emperor's Children; Imagine Entertainment will co-produce.

Ron Howard is looking to direct the comedy set in New York in the months before and following September 11, 2001. Variety reports it centers around three Brown University students, raised in upper-crust surroundings and expected to do something important; they hit 30 and struggle to fulfill that promise.

The Emperor's Children has no set production schedule as of yet.