EXCLUSIVE: New Line Cinema is setting Sean Anders to direct Mean Moms, and is targeting a summer start date for a film that has Jennifer Aniston eyeing the female-driven comedy. They worked together in Horrible Bosses 2 at New Line. Mean Mom matches the spirit of Mean Girls with an adult cast. A happily married mother of two who moves from small-town America to the high–class suburbs suddenly must confront the cutthroat world of competitive parenting. Jill Messick is producing with Offspring Entertainment partners Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman. Aniston doesn’t have a deal at this point and insiders in her camp said she has other options this summer, so stay tuned on this one.
Like Mean Girls, this movie is 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. It isn’t precisely clear what role Aniston will play or if it will be closer in spirit to Rachel McAdams or Lindsay Lohan.
Anders wrote the most recent draft with John Morris, his writing partner on everything from the Aniston-starrer We’re The Millers to Dumb And Dumber To, Horrible Bosses 2 and Hot Tub Time Machine. Anders, who directed That’s My Boy, teamed with Morris to direct Daddy’s Home, the Mark Wahlberg-Will Ferrell comedy. Anders is repped by UTA and Mosaic.