Though Reese Witherspoon just dropped out of the next Nancy Meyers film, she already has another project moving forward rather quickly. Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara attached themselves to the MGM comedy Don’t Mess with Texas last year, and now the film has found its director. Deadline reports that The Proposal and 27 Dresses director Anne Fletcher has entered talks to helm the pic, which is aiming to begin production this spring in order to coincide with Vergara’s hiatus from ABC’s Modern Family. Written by David Feeney and John Quaintance, the project is described as a female-driven Midnight Run and revolves around a police officer (Witherspoon) and a prisoner (Vergara) who are forced to go on the run together.
Fletcher last directed the Seth Rogen/Barbra Streisand road trip comedy The Guilt Trip. Witherspoon most recently wrapped Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Valle’s new film Wild and she’ll be seen later this year in Inherent Vice. Vergara, meanwhile, appears in Jon Favreau’s Chef, opening this May.