Hopkins’ ‘Woman’ rekindled

Regent asks 'Stepmom' scribe to helm her script

Regent Entertainment has tapped Karen Leigh Hopkins to direct the romantic comedy “A Woman’s a Helluva Thing” from her own script.

Now an accomplished feature scribe, Hopkins first penned “Woman” nearly 10 years ago. While “Woman” wasn’t snatched up then when it originally made the rounds, it did help her land plenty of other gigs. Hopkins nabbed a screenplay credit for last year’s Julia Roberts/Susan Sarandon tearjerker “Stepmom” as well as “Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael” starring Winona Ryder and “The Blue Chair.”

Apparently it was a controversial plot twist in “Woman” that had many potential buyers balking before Regent decided to bite.

Pic’s overtones are less than politically correct, as it focuses on the womanizing ways of a publishing magnate aiming to rekindle an old flame after the death of his mother.

Regent partners Paul Colichman, Jeff Schenk, Mark R. Harris and Stephen Jarchow will produce “Woman.”

Regent recently released “Gods and Monsters” starring Ian McKellen and Brendan Frasier, which earned an Academy Award for best screenplay.

Jeff Okin of Metropolitan Talent Agency, manager Andrew Deane of The Gold/Miller agency and attorney Harley Williams repped Hopkins on the deal.

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