Paramount Pictures has tapped Mark S. Waters (“Freaky Friday”) to direct the teen comedy “Mean Girls.”
Project, produced by Lorne Michaels through his Broadway Video shingle, has been in development for the past year following Par’s hiring of “Saturday Night Live” head writer Tina Fey to adopt Rosalind Wiseman’s book “Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and Other Realities of Adolescence.”
Story centers on an adolescent girl who has been on safari with her zoologist parents but must navigate new terrain when she moves to an Illinois public school and falls in love with the ex-boyfriend of one of the most popular girls. Things turn ugly when she’s reduced to using the same mean-spirited methods as the other girls.
Waters, repped by CAA, has specialized in female-driven comedies, including Disney’s remake of “Freaky Friday” (due out next month), “Head Over Heels” and “The House of Yes.”
Par signed Fey last year following publication of Margaret Talbot’s New York Times magazine article, “Girls Just Want to Be Mean,” which focused on Wiseman’s nonprofit Empower Program and its efforts to deal with the adolescent phenomenon of girl-to-girl cruelty. Fey, who recently signed a new two-year deal with “SNL,” is also expected to appear in the feature. She made her bigscreen acting debut in the comedy “Martin & Orloff.”