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]

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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 »