EXCLUSIVE: New Line Cinema has set Beth McCarthy-Miller to direct Mean Moms, a comedy that essentially takes the spirit of Mean Girls into a venue where that film company can get big female stars to galvanize the bitch-fest. The plot: a happily married mother of two moves from small town America to the high–class suburbs and is faced with confronting the cutthroat world of competitive parenting. Jill Messick is producing with Offspring Entertainment partners Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman.
While it is not at all a sequel, the comparison of Mean Mom to Mean Girls is valid as both are based on advice books written by Rosalind Wiseman. This film is based on Queen Bee Moms And King Pin Dads: Dealing With The Parents, Teachers, Coaches, and Counselors Who Can Make — or Break — Your Child’s Future; Mean Girls was based on Queen Bees And Wannabes. Messick exec produced that earlier film and brought this adult-themed comedy to Offspring which set it at New Line.
McCarthy-Miller is a veteran director who worked for years at Saturday Night Live, and previously was going to make her feature directing debut on Tammy and then Mail Order Groom. She even has a tie to Mean Girls. If you recall, Tina Fey (who wrote and starred in Mean Girls) was new to movies and while director Mark Waters was cutting the film, Fey leaned on the studio to hire her SNL colleague to direct a series of interstitial bits that featured the cast and was used to promote the film on MTV. McCarthy-Miller went on to direct episodes of Fey’s 30 Rock, including the finale. The glaring difference in the opportunity on Mean Moms is this: While Mean Girls launched film talent from Fey to Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried and making Lindsay Lohan a young adult star, Mean Moms offers the opportunity to get big female stars to act vicious and bitchy.
Looks like this might be McCarthy-Miller’s big feature chance. A rewrite is being done by Sean Anders and John Morris, who scripted the sequel Dumb And Dumber To, which Peter and Bobby Farrelly are rewriting after the movie got dropped by Warner Bros and picked up by Red Granite with Universal to distribute in North America. McCarthy-Miller is repped by CAA.
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