Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
May 6th, 2011

Deadline reports that Cameron Diaz should "have a deal shortly to star" in the film adaptation of baby guide What to Expect When You're Expecting. The film has been scripted for the screen by Shauna Cross (with an earlier script by Heather Hach) and will be directed by Kirk Jones.

Though the book is a non-fiction guide for expecting parents (and one that has sold more than 16 million copies), the film will focus on five different couples who are all grappling with their impending parenthood. Comparisons are being made to something like LOVE ACTUALLY, but I am guessing this will feel more like HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU or (God forbid) VALENTINE'S DAY.

However, though the logline for this film (and the addition of Diaz as star) doesn't quite tickle me, there is still an interesting pedigree here. Jones is the director of such varied fare as NANNY MCPHEE and EVERYBODY'S FINE, but his directorial debut was the wonderful and inventive WAKING NED DEVINE. Screenwriter Shauna Cross brought us the overlooked WHIP IT back in 2009, so there could be different stuff in a film that sounds a bit paint-by-the-numbers.

Though I've long been on the fence about Diaz, I have to hand it to her, she's been mixing up her roles as of late. She'll next be seen in the bawdy BAD TEACHER (a good comedic match for her talents, I think) and she started production on the Coen brothers-scripted GAMBIT remake (co-starring Colin Firth) just yesterday. At the very least, she's taking some risks with her choices, and I am interested to see how that pans out.

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