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Michael Patrick King writing film for Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, and Oprah Winfrey

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
October 22nd, 2010

In some circles, Michael Patrick King is worshipped as a deity. Those circles mainly include women who spend their time trying to figure out which one of their friends is the “Samantha” or the “Charlotte” (guess what, every girl wants to be the “Carrie”) and people who still drink cosmopolitans. The former executive producer of Sex and the City and writer and director of both SATC films has made a living appealing to the ladies. He knows women.

And now King wants to work with some new ladies – Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, and Oprah Winfrey, to be precise. Universal Pictures has picked up a package from King for an as-yet-unwritten script that already has all three actresses attached. The film is described as “an ensemble comedy set in the world of a Home Shopping-type network, where characters make their way through the maze of mania that surrounds marketing, marriages and the media.” I do not hate this idea. The plot seems interesting enough, though maybe more silly than I'd normally like, but the attachment of Streep alone takes this out of sudsy territory.

King conceived of the film, but before he started writing, he wanted to be sure he could get his dream cast. He said, "I came up with the idea of writing for Meryl, Sandy and Oprah, and it became so specific to them that I wanted to be sure I had interest from these ladies…I put it in front of each of them and they all said yes…They're all unique, and the idea of writing parts that three strong women will play is such a challenge.”

King “will begin writing immediately, and expects to have the script done by January.” With such in-demand actresses, scheduling may be an issue, but the studio is looking to a summer or fall start.

If you’re wondering, I’m a Carrie, with a classy splash of Charlotte.

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