Helmer to tackle the romantic comedy tale.

Director Tom Vaughan (‘Extraordinary Measures,’ ‘What Happened In Vegas,’ ‘Starter for 10’) is near to closing a deal to direct a new film adaptation of Henry Fielding’s classic novel ‘The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling.’

First published in 1749, Fielding’s novel tells the story of an abandoned child brought up by a kind, wealthy landowner. Tom grows up to be an honest and kind-hearted young man whose good looks make him very popular with the opposite sex. However, he truly loves only one woman, the gentle Sophie Western, whose family opposes the courtship because of his status as a “bastard” child.

“Tom Jones is a timeless, classic romantic comedy. It is exciting to be bringing his amorous, heart-warming adventures to a new generation,” said Janette Day of CrossDay Productions.

Set to begin shooting on location in the U.K. early 2014, the adaptation was penned by ‘Vanity Fair’ scribes Matthew Faulk and Mark Skeet.