EXCLUSIVE: Anne Hathaway has boarded an untitled contemporary romantic comedy being developed at STXfilms from screenwriters Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. Hathaway will star in and produce the project about dating in the 21st century when technology has overtaken — well, pretty much everything. The company had been looking for a project for the actress for some time. Kohn and Silverstein previously scripted How to Be Single, The Vow and He’s Just Not That Into You.
The pair wrote the story for the 2010 Garry Marshall-directed romantic comedy Valentine’s Day, in which Hathaway had a role.
Also producing the new romantic comedy will be Adam Shulman, with Jonathan Rice as co-producer. The Hathaway project is yet another in the line of female-driven films being developed, produced and/or distributed by STXfilms following the box office hit Bad Moms (which grossed $183.9M worldwide) and the upcoming sequel A Bad Moms Christmas.
This follows on the heels of a big get for the company’s STXinternational arm. The offshore rights to Ridley Scott’s next directing project All the Money in the World were just picked up at Cannes from Imperative Entertainment and Scott Free. The true-crime thriller is about 1973 kidnapping of J. Paul Getty III.
The Hathaway project also comes after the company just announced that Melissa McCarthy will star in The Happytime Murders, an R-rated live-action/puppet movie from director Brian Henson. Noteworthy that a number of the pictures STXfilms are either producing or distributing either star or have been directed by women.
“We have been looking for ways to work with Annie since launching STX, and when she came to us with this idea, we knew right away that we wanted to make this movie with her,” STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson said in a statement about the project. “This is a modern-day look at love, dating and hookups with a very contemporary and authentic voice that speaks to a generation that casually swipes right to find a mate. As technology has allowed for a new era for matchmaking, it also comes with a lot of comedy and consequences, and Anne wanted to explore that territory in funny, relevant and very unexpected ways.”
STXfilms VP Production Sheroum Kim will oversee development of the film on behalf of the studio.
Hathaway (Les Miserables, Colossal and the upcoming Ocean’s 8) is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Sloane Offer. Writers Kohn and Silverstein are repped by UTA and Management 360.