'What to Expect' set for big screen

Jan. 14, 2010 at 7:14 PM
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SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A U.S. film version of the pregnancy bible "What to Expect When You're Expecting" is in the works, Lionsgate said Thursday.

The studio said it has acquired the worldwide rights to Phoenix Pictures' adaptation of the best-selling book series by Heidi Murkoff.

Heather Hach, whose script-writing credits include "Freaky Friday" and "Legally Blonde: The Musical," has been hired to pen the screenplay.

"'What to Expect When You're Expecting' is a brand that knows no boundaries, and millions of readers can attest to the warmth, wisdom and humor of its voice,"

Alli Shearmur, Lionsgate's president of motion picture production, said in a statement. "We're excited about this film as the first in a potential franchise with our friends at Phoenix Pictures, and working with Heather Hach positions us for a great start. Heather brings to the table very clever ideas, not to mention a terrific track record of creating comedies that are instant classics."

"We feel Heidi's book provides the perfect launching point to tell a funny and poignant story and start a wonderful franchise using this iconic and beloved brand," the upcoming film's producers said. "Heather has crafted a great tale, full of rich characters."

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