Sandra Bullock Reteaming With Proposal Director Anne Fletcher
Thought it wasn't the movie that won her the Oscar, The Proposal was a major element of Sandra Bullock's major comeback in 2009, re-establishing her creds as a romantic comedy lead and reminding us, back when nobody even realized The Blind Side was on its way, that we like the woman a whole lot. It wasn't the best movie, sure, but it was a cut above most rom-coms, and Bullock seems to be recognizing that, despite the hardware on her mantle, romantic comedy is where her fortune is.
According to THR, Bullock is retiming with The Proposal director Anne Fletcher for an untitled project, which is under wraps except for being described as "in the vein of An Unmarried Woman and Saturday Night Fever." Beyond being made in the 70s and set in New York, the two movies don't have much in common-- Unmarried Woman is about a rich Manhattan woman finding love after divorce during the sexually liberated decade, while Saturday Night Fever is about working-class Brooklyn kids finding themselves through disco.
Writer Pamela Falk and Michael Ellis put together the pitch, and given that their major previous credit together is 2001's The Wedding Planner, I'm not so certain the Bullock movie will capture the political relevance and accuracy of the two 70s films it's mimicking. But if it's any fun at all like The Proposal, we probably won't really care. Bullock has recently signed on to play the lead in Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, and she's also scheduled to join Tom Hanks in an adaptation of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer's novel about post-9/11 New York. It's unclear which project she'll wind up picking first, but after nearly a year-long break from the spotlight post-Oscar, Bullock is about to get busy again.
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