New Line Cinema/Warner Bros have stepped in to co-produce the Reese Witherspoon–Sofia Vergara buddy comedy known under its previous working title as Don’t Mess With Texas. The comedy originally was set up at Universal but ended up at MGM, where Witherspoon has had a long relationship. Her first film The Man In The Moon was produced by MGM, and she became a breakout comedy star with its Legally Blonde series. The new film, which will be retitled, will roll before the cameras this month in New Orleans for a Mother’s Day (May 8) 2015 release with Anne Fletcher (The Guilt Trip, The Proposal) at the helm. By putting the movie into that date, it pushes the Jennifer Aniston comedy Mean Moms off the date. Aniston is currently shooting the indie drama Cake and needs to wrap that before heading into her next feature. Mean Moms is getting a script polish in the meantime. NL and Warner Bros. have not scheduled a date for Moms yet.
The two studios previously have partnered on The Hobbit franchise, which is nearing the $2B milestone. The final installment of their trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, will bow December 17. The two are also partnered on the upcoming romancer If I Stay, which hits theaters on August 22.
In the buddy comedy, Witherspoon plays an uptight cop trying to protect the widow (Vergara) of a drug kingpin as they race through Texas. The film, a combo of Midnight Run and The Heat, is being produced by Witherspoon and her Pacific Standard partner Bruna Papandrea with Dana Fox. Vergara and her manager Louis Balaguer are exec producers. The script is from David Feeney and John Quaintance.