Universal‘s adaptation of the Beth Harbison’s 2007 best-seller SHOE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS has just landed screenwriter Jenni Ross, sources confirm. Ross will rewrite the Halle Berry romantic comedy vehicle, adding a spark of life into the long-gestating project. Ross takes over writing duties from Laurie Taylor-Williams, who penned the initial adaptation, and Kristen Buckley & Brian Regan, who wrote the most recent draft. Made of Honor director Paul Wieland is set to direct.
The story centers around four Chicago women with a size 7 1/2 shoe who, every Tuesday night, meet to obsessively trade their Manolos, Pradas, Jimmy Choos and, in the process, form relationships that help them triumph over personal problems.
The film is being produced by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, with Mark Bozek and Russell Nuce through their Galgos Entertainment, Raymond Markovich through Parallel Media, and Arcadiy Golubovich for Primeridian Entertainment. Kristin Lowe is overseeing for Universal.
The hiring of Ross for the rewrite adds energy to the project, which has been in development since 2010 with Berry attached to the lead of what will be an ensemble cast. A stand-up comedian, Ross’s previous credits include the MTV series Underemployed. She is currently in development with the comedy feature The Baby Shower, and as well as the pilot First Lady from executive producer Jennifer Garner.
Berry, meanwhile, recently signed on to star in two sequels to Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Ross is repped by Gersh and Haven Entertainment.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor