Universal Pictures has just acquired the rights to the original spec script Don’t Mess with Texas by David Feeney and John Quaintance (Ben and Kate), which has Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara attached to star.
Universal opted to put the film on the fast track with plans to start production next March, putting release presumably in the midst of 2015′s summer blockbuster season. Witherspoon will also produce along with Dana Fox and Bruna Papandrea.
Until Bridesmaids, getting female-driven comedies to the big screen has been very hard, but time has changed since then. Such is the case with Don’t Mess with Texas that will follow a police officer and a prisoner who are on the run in Texas as they’re being pursued by a gang of crooked cops.
This is a movie we have seen before just with male leads, thus the appeal of such a rehash.
Witherspoon just opened opposite Matthew McConaughey in Jeff Nichols’ Mud and will soon be seen in Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot, a true-life drama about the West Memphis Three. She is attached to various project such as Inherent Vice, Passengers, and Three Little Words.
Vergara, who is currently filming Simon West’s Heat will soon be seen shooting bullets from her boobs in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills and is going to work with Jon Favreau on Chef next.
Let’s just say it: the so-called ‘Bridesmaids’ wave hasn’t failed to materialize to date.