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Anne Fletcher should have her pick of the litter. Her 2009’s rom-com The Proposal earned $163 million domestically. Her 27 Dresses was no slouch, with $76.8 million in ticket sales. And she has the high-concept My Mother’s Curse, with Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand, ready to drop in 2012.
How, then, does Fletcher plan to keep the ball rolling? Variety says she’s attached to direct a family comedy titled The Fight Before Christmas, the latest project from Due Date scribe Adam Sztykiel. According to the trade, Fletcher’s involvement will ramp up the casting process, and Bradley Cooper already has expressed interest in the male lead.
Details on the plot are scarce. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps will produce the picture (Fletcher recently did the choreography for the director’s blockbuster Real Steel), and it’s believed that 20th Century Fox will pick up distribution rights for fight, as they host 21 Laps and have collaborated with Levy over the years on the Night at the Museum films and the Tina Fey-Steve Carell comedy Date Night.
In addition to Due Date, Sztykiel penned the Patrick Dempsey rom-com Made of Honor, so you can imagine Fight falling somewhere between the predictable fluff of Paul Weiland’s shapeless film and the sarcastic bite of Todd Phillips’ road trip. But when will we see it? Now that Fletcher has buttoned up Curse, I’m assuming she’ll begin production on this so whichever studio picks it up can get it into theaters by December 2012. But if the shoot begins soon, that’s going to take Cooper out of the running, as he’s busy filming David O. Russell’s The Silver Lining Playbook, and then moves on to Alex Proyas’ Paradise Lost.