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Movie News - Don't Mess with Texas may have a director, Anne Fletcher is in talks to direct Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara in their new comedy. The '27 Dresses' filmmaker is reportedly in negotiations to helm 'Don't Mess With Texas', a female-driven action comedy which will see the 'Legally Blonde' star and the 'Modern Family' actress take lead roles, reports Deadline. The MGM financed film will see Witherspoon take on the role of a police officer and Vergara a prisoner, who are then forced to go on the run together. In addition to a lead role, Witherspoon is also set to produce the film via her company Pacific Standard along with her partner Bruna Papandrea and Dana Fox. Filming is scheduled to begin during Vergara's hiatus from 'Modern Family' this spring. Meanwhile, it was announced on Monday that Dan O'Shannon - who executive produced Vergara »
Originally bought by Universal, details didn’t come together in time and MGM have taken over the project. Reese is set to star as a police officer who has to team-up and go on the run with criminal Sofia. Not much else is known about the film, but with Fletcher attached to direct it’s sure to be popular. Although normally a ‘rom-com’ director (she’s also the lady behind Step Up and The Guilt Trip), it’d be good to see Anne take on something a little more exciting – or maybe Witherspoon and Vergara will get together at the end? We’ll have to wait and see.
I think it’s brilliant to see more opportunities given to female directors, »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Deadline is reporting that Anne Fletcher, director of The Proposal and The Guilt Trip, will helm a new film titled Don’t Mess With Texas, which Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara have now signed on to headline. The script comes from David Feeney and John Quaintance and is being described in the same vein as Midnight Run. Witherspoon will play a police officer while Vergara will be a prisoner, with the two teaming up to go on the run together.
Originally set up at Universal, the film is now at MGM and apparently it’s all coming together very quickly. It’s a good thing too, because with female led comedies like The Heat and Bridesmaids doing excellent at the box office, it seems like Don’t Mess With Texas has the chance to do some respectable business as well. I can definitely see moviegoers just eating this one up, »
- Matt Joseph
Universal won the rights to the project last June but let it slide. MGM picked it up after it went into turnaroud and is fully financing.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
After taking on romantic comedy The Proposal and the road trip antics of The Guilt Trip, director Anne Fletcher is heading to action comedy territory. Deadline has word that Fletcher is currently in talks to direct Don't Mess with Texas, a new project at MGM from writers David Feeney & John Quaintance ("New Girl"). In addition, Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara are in talks to star in the film which is described as being in the same vein as Midnight Run with Witherspoon taking the lead as a police officer and Vergara playing a prisoner. The two are forced to go on the run together encountering plenty of danger. Both actresses have been circling the project for awhile, but with Vegara's hiatus this summer from "Modern Family" coming up, the deals are coming together very quickly. Universal originally tried to get it off the ground, but it never came together, which »
- Ethan Anderton
"Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara is so funny and she's just been edging into funny movies like playing the villain in The Smurfs, and playing smaller roles in The Three Stooges, New Year's Eve and Escape from Planet Earth. But finally, she's going to do a female buddy comedy with another of our faves, Reese Witherspoon (Monsters vs Aliens). In Don't Mess with Texas, Reese will play a cop and Sofia will play a prisoner who have to go on the lam together (you know, this would be even funnier if it were Mf's Gloria who was a prisoner on the run!). In talks to direct the film is Anne Fletcher, who made her mark putting comedic duos together with The Proposal. »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Though Reese Witherspoon just dropped out of the next Nancy Meyers film, she already has another project moving forward rather quickly. Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara attached themselves to the MGM comedy Don’t Mess with Texas last year, and now the film has found its director. Deadline reports that The Proposal and 27 Dresses director Anne Fletcher has entered talks to helm the pic, which is aiming to begin production this spring in order to coincide with Vergara’s hiatus from ABC’s Modern Family. Written by David Feeney and John Quaintance, the project is described as a female-driven Midnight Run and revolves around a police officer (Witherspoon) and a prisoner (Vergara) who are forced to go on the run together. Fletcher last directed the Seth Rogen/Barbra Streisand road trip comedy The Guilt Trip. Witherspoon most recently wrapped Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Valle’s new film Wild and she »
- Adam Chitwood
Anne Fletcher is in talks to direct Don’t Mess With Texas, a buddy action-comedy that will star Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara. The project is set up at MGM, which recently picked it after it was put into turnaround by Universal. (Universal had picked it up as a spec package in June.) The script, by David Feeney and John Quaintance, follows a police officer and a prisoner who are on the run. Photos: Inside Reese Witherspoon's Ojai Estate Dana Fox will produce the film along with Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea for their Pacific Standard production company. Fletcher is
- Borys Kit
Universal Pictures won the rights to the project last June with Witherspoon and Vergara already set to star. MGM picked up “Don’t Mess” when it went into turnaroud and is fully financing.
David Feeney and John Quaintance wrote the script about a cop and a prisoner on the run in Texas, with crooked cops in hot pursuit. Witherspoon will play the officer and Vergara will portray the prisoner.
Fletcher is repped by UTA.
The news was first reported by Deadline.com. »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Anne Fletcher is in talks to direct Don’t Mess With Texas, a female-driven Midnight Run-style comedy that stars Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara. MGM is fully financing the David Feeney & John Quaintance-scripted action comedy. Witherspoon will play a police officer and Vergara a prisoner forced to go on the run together. Both Witherspoon and Vergara have circled this project for some time, but these deals are coming together quickly so that the film can be shot during Vergara’s hiatus from the ABC hit Modern Family this spring. The comedy was originally bought by Universal but it shook loose and MGM put it together. The film is being produced by Witherspoon and Pacific Standard partner Bruna Papandrea, and Dana Fox. Fletcher, whose comedy credits include 27 Dresses and The Proposal, last directed The Guilt Trip. She’s repped by UTA, and both actresses are repped by CAA. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Women obliterated barriers in Hollywood last year: Katniss Everdeen topped the domestic box office in the female-co-produced The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; Disney’s animated smash Frozen redefined the princess genre with Jennifer Lee as one of two directors at the helm; and two films from power producer Megan Ellison (American Hustle and Her) were just nominated for Best Picture.
But take one step back from the A-list and the picture isn’t so rosy. According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film’s Celluloid Ceiling report, 2013 marked a dismal year for women in behind-the-scenes jobs on the top 250 grossing movies. »
- Nicole Sperling
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