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Drew Barrymore Gets New Directing Gig

by Melissa Silverstein
March 16, 2011 2:45 AM
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I am so glad to read that Drew Barrymore has signed on to direct a new film. BUT I am none too pleased that this could be a redo of He's Just Not That Into You (which was dreadful). Barrymore and her company Flower Film produced He's Just Not That Into You and reports are that she will be reteaming with that film's writers -- Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn -- on this film.

It is called How to Be Single and is based on a novel by Liz Tuccillo.

I very much liked Barrymore's directorial debut Whip-It. I thought the film was great and still don't understand why it didn't do any business at the box office. I am going to hope that this new film which "explores the love lives and break-ups of a group of New Yorkers over the course of ten years" won't be a regressive anti-feminist chick flick.

Based on her Whip-It debut, I will give Barrymore the benefit of the doubt...for now. I'm just sad that she felt she had to go in the direction of what sounds like a standard romantic comedy to score her second gig. I was really hoping that she would become an outside the box director. But she has to get a successful film under her belt and this is her chance. If she would do a second film that did not fly she would be cooked as a director. It's probably a good business decision for her and her company.

Drew Barrymore to direct romantic comedy (Yahoo)

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3 Comments

  • E Ortiz | March 22, 2011 8:15 AMReply

    I didn't like it either. I wanted to though. I really like Drew and was bummed. It just wasn't very good.

  • Script Woman | March 21, 2011 8:52 AMReply

    Wow, Screen "Girl", that's really harsh. I'm a script and story consultant and I thoroughly enjoyed "Whip It." And so did everyone in the largest capacity screen in NYC opening night.

    It was fresh and fun, showcased female friendship (something we get all too little of in movies today), a little romance-- which thankfully did NOT end like a Hallmark Card, and it played with social construction of gender roles and stereotypes.

    Your envy of Ms Barrymore's resources may be shading your opinion, when in fact, plenty of male directors waste umpteen millions more on far, far less.

  • Screen Girl | March 17, 2011 5:17 AMReply

    When I saw Whip-It at the Toronto Film Festival, it received a mediocre reception. The script is too long and unfocused, and the editing did nothing to serve the film.

    After all the scripts, money, time and talent Drew Barrymore had access to to direct her first film, she ended up with Whip It? What a waste.

    I am all for more women being directors but it helps none of us when the films aren't directed well. It doesn't surprise me she's chosen another softball topic for for next picture, which will be blandly directed again.

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