“Da Ali G Show” writer and director James Bobin will make his feature helming debut on DreamWorks’ “The Heartbreak Kid.”
He replaces Barry Sonnenfeld, who withdrew when the studio decided to make the film on a smaller budget.
The romantic comedy is a loosely inspired remake of the 1972 pic written by Neil Simon and directed by Elaine May.
Story concerns a man who hastily weds a local girl whom he thinks is perfect — until he falls in love with another girl during the honeymoon.
Script was written by Scot Armstrong (“Old School”), with the most recent drafts by Armstrong and Leslie Dixon (“Freaky Friday”).
Radar Pictures founder Ted Field is exec producing the pic with John Davis. Radar is producing, and DreamWorks is providing financing and domestic distribution. Foreign rights have not yet been hammered out.
Marc Haimes oversees the pic at the studio.