Philip Seymour Hoffman To Direct 'Jack Goes Boating' Adaptation, Adds Amy Ryan To Cast

'Philip Seymour HoffmanWith a Best Acting Oscar under his belt, and nominations pouring in for "Doubt," it was only a matter of time before Philip Seymour Hoffman decided to direct.

Variety reports that he's set to make his debut on "Jack Goes Boating" for Overture Films. Surprisingly, it's a romantic comedy -- albeit an unconventional one based on the off-Broadway play by Bob Glaudini.

Hoffman will star as Jack, reprising his role from the original play, will bring along his original costars John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega. The newcomer of the cast is the leading lady, Amy Ryan ("Gone Baby Gone") who will play Connie, Jack's love interest.

The story is described (at least, by the New York Times) as an offbeat, slow-moving, gentle tale of two potheads falling in love. Assuming the movie follows the play, Hoffman will sport blonde dreadlocks and spend a lot of time smoking a bong and pretending to be a Rastafarian.

The love affair between Connie and Jack manages to explore cooking classes, swimming lessons, and ... well, illegal drugs. This will definitely not be your usual romantic comedy, but who hasn't wanted to see that tired genre shaken up a bit?

Have you seen the off-Broadway play? What do you think about Hoffman taking the show to the big screen?