Bridesmaids Has Not Even Opened and It's Already Being Copied

by Melissa Silverstein
May 3, 2011 2:45 AM
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It's a day of good news/bad news stories. Bridesmaids which doesn't even open until next week is already being copied. Kirsten Dunst and Lizzy Caplan have signed up to star in Bachelorette which is looking to shoot this summer. It's good that people are thinking that Bridesmaids will do well and they are looking to build on it. It's even better that the film will be directed by a woman -- Leslye Headland -- who is making her debut directing a film that was based on her play.

Here's the description:

The story follows three best friends (two of whom would be played by Dunst and Caplan) who are invited to act as bridesmaids at the wedding of a girl they called "Pigface" in high school.

But here's the bad news.

I don't want all the comedies about women where they are allowed to be funny and real to be about weddings. If Bridesmaids does well (which I think it will) it could set off an explosion (small, I'm sure since we are talking about films about women here) of new wedding type films. Hopefully we have turned a corner and won't regress back to the Kate Hudson/Anne Hathaway film Bride Wars. Maybe we are on to a new type of woman at weddings. One who is real and funny. One who doesn't want to murder her best friend because she has picked the same wedding day.

I just wish we could let women loose and have them be funny about other things aside from weddings. That will be one big step forward.

Kirsten Dunst to star in "Bachelorette" comedy (Reuters)

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  • Lisa Huberman | May 4, 2011 10:10 AMReply

    I saw the play in New York this summer and it was pretty fantastic. While it mines much of the same territory as The Hangover and Bridesmaids, what surprised me about the play was it's sense of tragedy. While highlighting the antics of New York party girls, it also exposes their painful core. Really excited to see Lizzy Caplan attached to this--she seriously needs a breakout role.

  • Brendan | May 3, 2011 7:34 AMReply

    Yeah, it predates Bridesmaids by QUITE a bit. Not only was it on the Blacklist in 2008 but prior to being adapted for the screen it was a play.

  • Bem | May 3, 2011 6:08 AMReply

    Well, this script was on the 2008 Black List. So I guess it's actually older than Bridesmaids.

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