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Jennifer Lopez officially joins WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
June 24th, 2011

I am truly at a loss when it comes to the upcoming adaptation of parent-help guide, Heidi Murkoff's What to Expect When You're Expecting. Lionsgate is bringing the film to the screen thanks to director Kirk Jones, with a script by Heather Hach that has also seen a rewrite from WHIP IT's Shauna Cross.

Julian told us earlier this week that Jennifer Lopez was negotiating to join the project, and it's now been confirmed that she's set for the role. Cameron Diaz was already previously announced to star in the film.

The film is set to be comprised of "interlocking stories" that will apparently revolve around different characters grappling with different issues related to baby-rearing. Think something like HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU or VALENTINE'S DAY. Lopez will play Holly, "a woman who adopts a baby from abroad with her husband after difficulty conceiving."

While the concept of adapting a non-fiction book for a narrative seems a little strange, it was somewhat successfully done with HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU. Despite that, however, I find it almost impossible to be excited for this project. There is something about the already over-done "interlocking stories" narrative that irks me - VALENTINE'S DAY remains one of the most hideous and boring big studio films I've seen in quite some time. The only thing that encourages me regarding EXPECTING is the involvement of Cross - but her contribution is only a script rewrite, not a wholesale go at the material.

I can only expect (ha) to see further casting news on the film, most of which will probably fail to excite me. Ten bucks says Bradley Cooper joins.

The film is set to start shooting later this summer in anticipation of a (duh) Mother's Day release in May of 2012.

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