EXCLUSIVE: Fox Searchlight has optioned the novel Two Steps Forward from husband-and-wife team Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist for Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman to produce through their A Very Good Production, which currently has film projects set up at Warner Bros., Disney, Lionsgate and Fox as well as a host of different TV series set up at various networks.

The latest to be brought the company’s feature slate, Two Steps Forward, is the story of midlife renewal told from the alternating points of view of Zoe, an American artist, and Martin, a British engineer, who are at turning points in their lives. Fate throws them together on the Camino de Santiago, a 1,200-mile walk from central France to the west coast of Spain. As they negotiate the terrain, culture and people along the way, Zoe and Martin find that they have more to offer each other than they expect. But before they can find out whether their lives will be intertwined beyond the Camino, they need to work out what they are running from.

Simsion is the author of international bestseller The Rosie Project, which has sold a whopping 3.5 million copies, and also was the screenwriter on the feature adaptation over at TriStar. The film, directed by Ben Taylor, will be released on May 10, 2019. Simsion also authored The Best of Adam Sharp, which recently was optioned by Toni Collette for her newly formed production company Vocab Films.

Buist is the author of the Natalie King novels Medea’s Curse (optioned by Causeway Films) and Dangerous to Know.

A Very Good Production’s TV projects include the upcoming Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix, Splitting Up Together for ABC, NBC: Little Big Shots and Little Big Shots: Forever Young as well as the upcoming Ellen’s Game of Games. The company, of course, also is the force behind The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Simsion and Buist are repped by ICM Partners. Both authors’ book rights are managed by Text Publishing. DeGeneres, Kleeman and A Very Good Production are also represented by ICM Partners.