Reporting on What to Expect When You’re Expecting, the romcom that adapts a pregnancy guidebook, hasn’t really been the highest thing on our priority list. Forgive us that lapse. But quite a few people have been added to the cast in the past 24 hours, and the lineup is, if not impressive, at least quite interesting.

The biggest new names are Chris Rock, Anna Kendrick and Brooklyn Decker, each of whom will now play out some of the drama and (squee!) joy of bringing a new life kicking and screaming into the world. Read More »

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One of the most unappealing film projects being assembled right now is the comedy version of the baby-birthing manual What to Expect When You’re Expecting. The book is frequently called out as being alarmist and a poor lesson plan for expectant mothers, but why not use the very recognizable title (recognizable to the target audience, at least) to sell a movie? Not much different from what’s happening with Akira, really.

Cameron Diaz is now looking like the lead for this particular movie, which Kirk Jones will direct from a swcript by Heather Hach and Shauna Cross. The picture is meant as a Love Actually-style film in which five couples experience the joy and surprises of impending parenthood. The film will hit on Mother’s Day weekend next year — in other words, a year from today. [Deadline]

After the break, Kelly Preston becomes a mob wife and Willem Dafoe is in a mystery movie directed by Abel Ferrara. Read More »

When I saw the story about Nanny McPhee director Kirk Jones being set to direct a romantic comedy based on a book, I did what I always do if the material is unfamiliar: checked a few sources to see if it seemed like a promising idea. I should have realized that What to Expect When You’re Expecting might not be a piece of fiction, but still: a romcom based on a book meant to guide women through pregnancy? This makes board game movies look sensible. Also: the ghost of Dr. Spock is pissed. Read More »

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