Prolific screenwriter Allan Loeb has been hired by Fox to write an untitled romantic comedy for Ryan Reynolds, which would reunite him with Mandeville’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, who produced The Proposal, Reynolds hit pairing with Sandra Bullock in 2009. The Tracking Board has confirmed this story.
Mandeville will produce the project along with Reynolds’ Maximum Effort production company who has a first look deal with Fox, following their collaboration on the blockbuster hit Deadpool and its upcoming sequel. Fox and the WME-repped Reynolds are also collaborating on a new movie based on the board game Clue with Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures, written by Deadpool’s Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
As of yet, there are no details about the plot of this romantic comedy, possibly because it hasn’t been written yet, but one presumes that Reynolds will be involved in the process to make sure it’s a movie that he wants to make.
The Proposal grossed $317 million worldwide, evenly split between North America and overseas, and it came out at a time to help some people forget Reynolds’ previous (and less popular) take on Deadpool from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, released a month earlier. More than that, The Proposal helped solidify Bullock’s ability as a box office draw, which was furthered by The Blind Side later that year, for which she won an Oscar.
Last year, Mandeville was one of the producers on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which grossed over $500 million domestically, which they followed with the hit drama Wonder for Lionsgate, which grossed nearly $300 million worldwide. They also produced Jake Gyllenhaal’s Boston Marathon drama Stronger.
Loeb, who is also with WME and Anonymous Content, has a slew of screenplays under his belt including the rom-coms Just Go With It, starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, and The Switch with Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston. (Are we placing bets if Aniston will be teamed with Reynolds for this one?) Loeb also wrote 2016’s Collateral Beauty and The Space Between, as well as Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps for Oliver Stone. Loeb’s last project was the Marc Webb-directed The Only Living Boy in New York, but he has over a dozen screenplays and projects in development including The Machine, which is being developed with Vin Diesel as producer.
The story was initially reported on by Deadline
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor