Does anyone else think it ironic that Working Title won the bidding war on a feature that is, in essence, working on its title? According to Variety, the company threw down a high six figures to beat out Original Film and New Regency, clinching the rights to a star vehicle that will be written by Allan Loeb and starring Ryan Reynolds…in drag. The of-yet-unnamed project will feature Reynolds dressing as a woman to become BFFs with his ex and win her back. More on the project after the jump.
Loeb is probably most well known for writing “21,” but his name has been thrown around more lately in connection with “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps.” And in terms of Reynolds, it’s no surprise Working Title was willing to throw down so much dough–the man’s become a hot commodity since the successes of “The Proposal” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” and with “Green Lantern” just around the corner (or WAY around the corner), the man’s quickly becoming a household name.
Personally, I cringe at the thought of another dude-in-drag romantic comedy. It’s a pretty hackneyed premise, and it hasn’t gotten critical acclaim since 1982’s “Tootsie.” And on the scale from “Mrs. Doubtfire” to “Big Momma’s House,” this premise isn’t sounding so good…(Variety)