Though it's taken a whole lot of time to find a director willing to attach himself to the feature film adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger's popular novel The Time Traveler's Wife, it appears Robert Schwentke (Flightplan) will take on helming duties for New Line... assuming nothing goes wrong during the negotiations process. We recently reported that Schwentke was duking it out with Stephen Frears for the gig, however it now seems the latter dude has dropped off the radar. Bummer, I dig Frears -- not that I have anything against Schwentke or Flightplan -- I just think Frears' ability to tackle relationships with a fantastic eye for detail would have worked so well with this pic. Oh well.

There's still no word on whether Rachel McAdams will star as, well, the time traveler's wife, but I assume we'll have that info sooner rather than later. For those not aware, story revolves around a man who possesses a rare time-traveling gene which he uses to visit his wife at different points in her life. At one time, folks like Steven Spielberg, David Fincher and Gus Van Sant were circling the project (which was written by The Notebook scribe Jeremy Leven and will be produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Nick Wechsler), though each one bailed for whatever reasons. I take it the story was probably a bit too sappy for Fincher, not enough special effects for Spielberg and not controversial enough for Van Sant. Of course, if it were up to me, I'd throw Zemeckis, Lloyd, Fox and a DeLorian in there to change things up a bit. See, but this is why no one lets me make any decisions.