Okay, I've done more than my fair share of complaining about the lack of originality in Hollywood lately, what with the constant reboots and prequels and "re-imagined worlds"—but tell me this doesn't make you want to crotch-punch the nearest studio exec: What to Expect When You're Expecting ... the movie version.
Re-imagined as a romantic comedy.
STARRING CAMERON DIAZ.
I .. I … oh god.
Diaz hasn't officially committed to the project yet, but she's reportedly in final negotiations with Lionsgate. The film is to be directed by Kirk Jones, and in marginally reassuring news, the script was co-written by Shauna Cross (Whip It).
Still, it's hard to imagine what even the most talented writer could do with a pregnancy manual. The sort of pregnancy manual, if I remember correctly, that was typically filled with many dire Worst Case Scenarios ("My baby is turning purple and has grown a horn: is this normal?").
(I also remember a mind-bending chapter that was in one of the follow-up books, What to Expect the First Year, that included both the developmental milestone information that "your baby should now be able to grasp a small object such as a raisin," followed immediately by a frightening list of foods a baby should NEVER EAT EVER for fear of choking. Number one chokable? Raisins.)
Well, apparently they've revamped the bestselling nonfiction manual into a sort of Love Actually thing, where the story follows five couples who are experiencing the many thrills of pregnancy. Diaz is to play a Jillian Michaels type who hosts a fitness show, so I'm sure there will be plenty of gags about how she's getting, like, sooooooo fat.
I can't quite wrap my head around how they even had to secure rights to What to Expect, unless they wanted to capitalize on the name, but I suppose this is good news for pregnancy manual writers everywhere. Hollywood, how about taking a look at Let's Panic About Babies next?
What do you think about a movie version of What to Expect When You're Expecting?
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