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Lopez to headline 'Monster-in-law'

LOS ANGELES, June 9 (UPI) -- Jennifer Lopez is in early negotiations to star in New Line Cinema comedy "Monster-in-Law," Daily Variety reports.

New Line picked up Anya Kochoff's comedy script for about $1.3 million earlier this year. Management and production concern Benderspink will produce. Story follows an unlucky-in-love girl who's set to marry what appears to be the perfect guy until she meets his mother, who has plans to derail their courtship.

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As yet there is no firm start date for filming and no director has yet committed to helm the comedy. Kochoff is a former senior VP of production at Fox-based Davis Entertainment who worked under a pseudonym as she began her writing career.

Lopez most recently toplined "Maid in Manhattan." The actress also stars opposite Robert Redford and Josh Lucas in the upcoming "An Unfinished Life" and opposite Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon in the remake of the Japanese hit, "Shall We Dance?" Both movies are for Miramax.

Lopez will next be seen opposite beau Ben Affleck in the Martin Brest-directed "Gigli," to be released Stateside July 30 via Columbia Pictures.

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