Summit Entertainment has picked up the rights to Lise and Ceil Friedman's upcoming book, Letters to Juliet; Ellen Barkin is set to co-produce through her Applehead Pictures.

They've hired Gary Winick to direct the film, a compilation of missives that lovelorn people all over the world have written to storied star-crossed lover Juliet Capulet. The letters find their way to Verona, Italy; the book explains who are the volunteers who've been answering the missives for 70 years, adds Variety.

No writer has been set for Letters to Juliet.