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Amy Sherman (Gilmore Girls) is writing the script, which centers on a successful young executive who gets dumped by her boyfriend for an older woman. She becomes friends with the older woman to find out why her boyfriend left her, and reinvents herself along the way. Reese Witherspoon was previously circling the project, but the actress is no longer involved. The project is based on an idea by Ron Bass and Jennifer Smolka.
Julie Yorn is producing The Better Woman through her Lbi Entertainment banner. No production schedule was given for The Better Woman.
With news that a Bridesmaids sequel may be doomed, Universal has revealed a new strategy for milking the massively popular, female-fronted blockbuster for all its worth. Variety reports that Universal has tapped Bridesmaids director Paul Fieg to helm the in-development comedy The Better Woman. Penned by Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, the film will center on a successful, young executive whose self-image is devastated once her boyfriend leaves her for an older woman. Obsessed and depressed, she seeks out this woman and befriends her in hopes of learning why her former beau prefers her. Along the way, she apparently "rediscovers herself" and presumably finds a new love considering it's being billed as a rom-com. There are a few red flags here. The first is that this premise seems painfully vapid and potentially cringe inducing, and reports that Reese Witherspoon once circled the project are hardly encouraging as she's made nothing »
Not Bridesmaids 2, not Bridget Jones 3, Paul Feig has signed on to direct an original film as a result of his massive 2011 success. The director of Bridesmaids and co-creator of Freaks and Geeks has committed to direct The Better Woman, a comedy at Universal about a powerful young woman whose boyfriend dumps her for an older lady. The younger woman then befriends her elder to figure out what the ex-boyfriend sees in her. Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is writing the screenplay and Reese Witherspoon was, at one point, attached. But no longer. Read more after the jump. Variety  broke the news of Feig's latest gig, which has been a topic of discussion for some time. Despite the fact that he's been in the industry for well over a decade, after the huge success of Bridesmaids (besides making $170 million domestic, it has a shot at a Best Picture nomination) Feig was »
- Germain Lussier
Well, they may not get Melissa McCarthy or Kristen Wiig for their "Bridesmaids" sequel, but Universal is at least hanging on to director Paul Feig, and tasked him with another female centered comedy. Variety reports that Feig will now take the helm of "The Better Woman," a project once eyed by Reese Witherspoon, who has since moved on. Ron Bass ("How Stella Got Her Groove Back," "My Best Friend's Wedding") and Jen Smolka came up with the idea that will penned by Amy Sherman-Palladino ("Gilmore Girls," "Roseanne"), about a young, high-powered executive who is dumped by her boyfriend for an older woman. So she becomes friends with the older woman to find out why she was dumped, and along the way, learns more about herself. Frankly, this idea sounds dreadful, but then again, on paper, "Bridesmaids" sounded iffy too. Feig was originally set to direct the third "Bridget Jones Diary" movie but. »
Regardless of whatever future lies ahead for a Bridesmaids sequel, Universal will have to wait if they want Paul Feig back. As Variety reports, he’ll team up with the studio once more for The Better Woman, a romantic comedy currently being scribed by Gilmore Girls‘ Amy Sherman-Palladino.
The story — which is also based on an idea from Jen Smolka and Ron Bass — centers on “a high-powered young executive who is dumped by her boyfriend for an older woman.” Soon, she “befriends the woman to discover why her boyfriend chose her, and rediscovers herself in the process.” Sounds like your standard romantic comedy material, but, then again, so did Bridesmaids; that ended up flourishing because of a strong script, great cast, and Feig‘s guiding hand. They’ve got one thing nailed down already.
On at least one more of those notes, it’s pointed out by Variety that Reese Witherspoon »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Director Paul Feig delivered a massive hit with Bridesmaids and we've been excited to discover what he would do as his follow-up. We've now learned that Feig will go with another female-lead comedy and helm The Better Woman for Universal. Per Variety, the "story follows a high-powered young executive who is dumped by her boyfriend for an older woman. She befriends the woman to discover why her boyfriend chose her, and rediscovers herself in the process." It sounds like a premise that could go either way (I can already see Jane Fonda circling this like a vulture), but Feig has earned trust not only from Bridesmaids, but from his work on Freaks and Geeks. Reese Witherspoon had been circling The Better Woman, but she passed on the project and I have no complaints about that. Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls) is writing the script, based on an idea by Ron Bass and Jen Smolka. »
- Matt Goldberg
Though he’s not sure he wants to make the sequel to Bridesmaids, Universal appears intent on keeping director Paul Feig in their address book. The studio has now hired him to direct romantic comedy The Better Woman.Amy Sherman-Palladino (still best known for ace TV series Gilmore Girls) is working up a script that finds a high-powered young business executive going through a breakup. When she finds that her former boyfriend left her for an older woman, she decides to befriend the new romantic rival and learn just why she won the guy’s heart. What she doesn’t expect is to change her own life in the process.According to Variety, the idea originated with Ron Bass (Entrapment) and newcomer Jen Smolka. At one point, Reese Witherspoon had been considering nabbing the lead, but she’s since dropped out.It remains to be seen whether Better Woman is »
It was a TV line exclusive that revealed actors Spencer Grammer and Aaron Hill of the ABC Family series, Greek, have both won guest starring roles on the popular crime scene investigation show. You’ll remember Grammer as Zbz sister Casey Cartwright and Hill as Beaver.
The pair of young blondes will hit the very same episode of CSI: NY. The two will act as techs, assisting in Mac’s lab. When yet another tech is murdered, their characters will be questioned. Most interesting of all will be the manner in which the perpetrator executed the deceased. It’ll remind investigators of a 1950s cold case. Dun dun dun. Is a member of »
- Sasha Nova
Fans have been asking for a sequel to "Bridesmaids" since the moment they left the theater. The summer smash is sweeping up awards nominations, topping year-end lists, and could even be headed for the Big O(scar). Director Paul Feig said in May that the idea of a sequel had "already been brought up," and that was just a week or so after the movie opened. So, what's the deal?
Wiig talked to The Hollywood Reporter about the possibility of a sequel -- or lack thereof. "We aren't working on that… Annie [Mumolo] and I aren't planning a sequel. We are writing something else." That was never a secret; the co-writers of "Bridesmaids" have had plenty of other projects cooking. »
- Jenni Miller
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