Paul Feig Will Direct The Pilot For HBO And Goldie Hawn's The Viagra Diaries

By Jesse Carp 2012-01-24 13:51:14 discussion comments
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Director Paul Feig is clearly one of the most talented filmmakers when it comes to comedies. Feig directed the best comedy of the year with the Judd Apatow produced Bridesmaids which was so good in fact, that there was significant Oscar Buzz for the film even though it only managed to earn two nominations (one for Melissa McCarthy's supporting turn and another for Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo's script). The director has been doing amazing work for years, whether pitching in to direct episodes of your favorite sitcoms like The Office and Arrested Development or creating one of the many great shows cancelled before itís time in Freaks and Geeks. So yeah, Feig has major credentials which makes it no surprise that the most prestigious network on television has sought him out. Paul Feig is bringing his directorial wiles to work with legend Goldie Hawn at HBO.

Before getting into the details, just the fact that the show, The Viagra Diaries, seems focused on female comedy makes Feig the obvious choice after the summer that heís had leading females to funny. However, thatís not to suggest that there arenít some talented women who could also find their way behind the camera as the series progresses. Either way, Deadline made the announcement that Feig will definitely direct the pilot for an adaptation of Barbara Rose Brookerís bestselling The Viagra Diaries. It was over six months ago when we first shared the news that legendary actress Goldie Hawn would star in Darren ĎSex And The City Starrís adaptation of the book which would make it her first acting gig in a decade. Hawn is also on board to exec-produce alongside Star, Aaron Kaplan and Wendy, Peter and Alan Riche.

Brookerís The Viagra Diaries is about a sixty-five year old woman named Anny Applebaum who experiences quite a shake-up late in life when her mid-life crisis battling husband suddenly leaves her alone after thirty-five years. Okay. Pause. Most of the synopsis Iíve read suggest that this is the case, however, from the book sleeve below, it seems like a completely different situation having Applebaum been divorced for over thirty years. A little confusing. Either way, the character writes a weekly column in a San Francisco paper about the trials and tribulations of being a senior on the look for love. One of her columns (very Sleepless in Seattleesque) goes Ďviralí catching her and her audiences' attention and now she must struggle with her own feelings, hopes and how to spend the rest of her life. Sounds like a good premise for a series and with Feig on board, it only increasing my anticipation. Looking forward to this one. ďLove and sex after sixty! You can have it all!Ē

Official synopsis for the book (via Facebook Page),
Aging well isnít about botox! Itís a time to go forward, not backwards, to make old dreams come true; to re-invent yourself, to write that book, make that movie, and find true love with great sex. Is true love and great possible after sixty in the Viagra generation? Or does Viagra provide sixty-plus men with perpetual sexual intimacy and not love? In her latest novel, The Viagra Diaries, San Francisco author Barbara Rose Brooker has a personal story to tell about aging, age discrimination, love, and sex after sixty. Brooker examines the phenomenon of Internet dating for those over sixty and the fallacies and ups and downs of romantic love.

Anny Applebaum, the novelís narrator, is seventy and writes The Viagra Diaries, a San Francisco weekly column researching sixty-plus boomers looking for love. She is looking for a story. She places ads on Internet singles sites and interviews men over sixty. Divorced for thirty years, Anny has given up on love and wants fame and fortune. On a date, Anny meets and interviews Marv Rothstein, a handsome, seventy-five-year-old, emotionally unavailable diamond dealer. Anny is attracted to Marv, and they become involved in a torrid sexual affair. But very soon, Anny discovers that the elusive Marv is a serial JDater prowling the singles sites for younger women, and that he still sees his much younger ex-wife. Anny decides to write a series of columns about a man who canít face ageing, calling him Mr. X and modeling him after Marv. As Annyís Mr. X columns gain recognition, she struggles with her conflict about Marv, her career hopes, relationships, and her coming of age.

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