Tina Fey And Owen Wilson May Team Up For Admission
Though Tina Fey is an undisputed queen of TV comedy, the 30 Rock creator and star has been less successful in translating her wonderful brand of humor to the big screen with such middling, broad comedies as Baby Mama and Date Night. However Fey fans may soon have reason to rejoice, as their favorite comedienne is currently considering committing to Paul Weitz’s probable next feature Admission, an adaptation of Jean Hanff Korelitz's insightful novel. Here, Fey would play Portia Nathan, an admissions officer at Princeton University who relishes in her career as an Ivy League gatekeeper. However, her life and sense of control is thrown into spin after meeting a 17-year-old applicant that forces her to face some long-ignored skeletons in her closet. Despite her reservations, the pair begins an imprudent relationship that could threaten her job and everything she holds dear.
As if that weren't complicated enough, Vulture now reports that Owen Wilson may sign on to play a high school teacher who falls for Portia. Not only would he be solid support for Fey in this novel venture, but he'd also be an intriguing love interest for the quirky comedienne, who is typically paired with primmer leading men. Between its controversial setup and the fact that Karen Croner (One True Thing) was hired to pen the screenplay, Admission seems to be drama, which would be new territory for Fey. Weitz is hoping to team with Focus Features, Universal's art house division, to craft a small but riskier kind of film, meaning there's some room for Fey to experiment. Still, I'd wager Weitz, who has helmed such winsome dramedies as About a Boy and the woefully undervalued In Good Company, will infuse Admission with a spirited comic edge, allowing Fey some chance to play to her strengths.
Whether or not Admission is Weitz's next effort appears to depend on Fey. Should she sign on soon, this adaptation could shoot as early as this summer, taking advantage of 30 Rock's production break.
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