Black List Script Writer Melissa Stack To Pen A Female Revenge Comedy
This news is written to the tune of “Sisters are doin’ it for themselves,” as performed by Aretha Franklin and the Eurythmics, but only because a reference to The First Wives Club was made when describing the plot of the film that Twentieth Century Fox is set to move forward with.
Per Variety, Twentieth Century Fox and Bride Wars producer Julie Yorn are looking to get into the revenge (comedy) business with writer Melissa Stack whose script I Want to F--- Your Sister made the 2007 Black List.
The yet-to-be-titled female comedy is described as a high-concept story that’s “in the vein of The First Wives Club, but with younger leads." That description suggests that this isn’t a story of women getting revenge on each other so much as it might be women getting revenge on men who’ve wronged them (and possibly the “other woman” women) as seen in First Wives Club. In the spirit of pure speculation, since we don't have much to go on here in terms of specifics on the plot, and with thoughts of the Hugh Wilson director First Wives Club and Gary Winick's Bride Wars in mind, I’m hoping this one leans more toward the humor and empowerment we saw in First Wives Club as opposed to the straight-up anger/jealousy-fueled payback, as seen in Bride Wars.
It's probably fair to say that there's a certain level of hypocrisy exercised in stories about revenge, whether they're comedies, dark comedies, or dramas, but that can be used to great effect and humor, especially in the third act, when the protagonist(s) eventually realize they've missed the point, taken a wrong turn, gone too far, derailed or whatever other idiom you want to apply to the point at which things begin to fall apart and we almost stop liking them. This happened in First Wives Club and it happened in Bride Wars. The difference is, in FWC, the movie figured out where to put the characters' scheming-induced implosion before it was too late to redeem them. Bride Wars didn't. So, on the subject of women and revenge comedies, there's certainly the potential for a great, funny movie, if the right balance is struck.
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