Bridesmaids Director Paul Feig Could Helm Reese Witherspoon Comedy Wish List
I have a hard time watching Reese Witherspoon movies. It's not because she picks terrible projects or because she's a bad actress - in fact, it's actually the opposite. Every time I see her on screen I immediately think back to Alexander Payne's Election and her performance as Tracy Flick, a character so grating and awful that it's actually poisoned my perception of the person who played her (NOTE: Making the whole situation that much stranger, I love every other aspect of Election). As a result, I've actively tried to avoid all Witherspoon movies since, but now THR has news about who may direct her next project and, in a surprise twist, it makes me actually anticipate seeing it.
Paul Feig is now in talks to direct Wish List, a new Disney fantasy comedy that already has Witherspoon on board to star. The story follows a "career-oriented woman" whose life is suddenly thrown when all of the wishes she made as a child begin to come true. Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, whose previous titles include both Kung-Fu Panda movies, Monsters vs. Aliens and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, wrote the script all the way back in 2001 and was actually originally going to have a male lead.
While Feig saw his star rise last year when he directed the comedy hit Bridesmaids, he has been doing great work for years, creating shows like Freaks and Geeks and directing episodes of television programs like The Office, Arrested Development, Weeds and Nurse Jackie. He is also currently attached to helm the comedy The Better Woman, as announced back in January, but THR says that Disney wants to get Wish List off the ground soon meaning that it could be his next project.
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