Gus Van Sant joins Bryce Howard’s Restless.

Milk director Gus van Sant is in negotiations to shoot a project shepherded by new “Twilight” actress Bryce Howard.

“Restless” is being kept under wraps, though the Columbia Pictures project described as contemporary and distinctive take on young love.

Howard will produce with her father Ron Howard and his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer. She attended New York University with the film’s rookie scribe Jason Lew and it was there that he first wrote the story as a play. Howard, who had acted in plays with Lew, got a peek at the story and encouraged him to write it as a screenplay.

After several drafts and a “gestation period,” she brought it to her father who wanted to develop it.