Oscar winning director Sam Mendes is set to helm a new comedy, currently titled 'This Must Be the Place'.

The film will follow a young couple as they travel across the US in search of the perfect place to raise their baby.

The 'American Beauty' director is currently finishing 'Revolutionary Road' for DreamWorks, starring his wife Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. The drama is due for release at the end of this year.

Originally it was thought that his next project would be his first UK film, 'Middlemarch'. The drama is a rendering of George Eliot's 19th century classic novel, which is being adapted for the big screen by Andrew Davies.

However, according to Variety magazine, after working on so much heavy-duty drama, Mendes decided instead that it was time to flex his comedic muscles.

No cast has been confirmed yet for the new 'This Must Be the Place' and principal photography will begin in March.