You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Banks engaged by ‘Barb’

Actress to star in and produce comedy

Elizabeth Banks is hitched to the pitch for “What About Barb.”

Banks will star in and produce the Universal romantic comedy, about a socialite who must allow her uncouth cousin to be maid of honor so her nouveau riche uncle will pay for the wedding.

“Accepted” scribe Mark Perez is writing the pic, based on the story of the same name by Jill Bernheimer and Keetgi Kogan. Mary Parent and Scott Stuber are producing for their U-based Stuber/Parent shingle. Max Handelman, Bernheimer and Kogan will also exec produce.

The “Seabiscuit” star, who next appears in “Spider-Man 3,” has a lead role in “Fred Claus” and was recently cast in “Starship Dave,” directed by Brian Robbins. She is also producing “The Surrogates,” Jonathan Mostow’s adaptation of the graphic novel for the Mouse House.

Perez has several other projects in development: He’s rewriting “Cellmates,” a story about college pals who befriend an inmate, which he will direct for Regency Enterprises in the fall. He also recently penned a draft of “Hardy Men,” the Fox project with Tom Cruise and Ben Stiller attached.

Stuber/Parent has put a series of projects into development lately, including “Devil in the Junior League” for Jennifer Garner to produce and possibly star in and a feature about youth soccer club the Fugees.

Banks is repped by UTA. Brian Lutz manages Perez, who is repped by CAA.

More Film

  • The seagull

    Tribeca Film Review: 'The Seagull'

    Elizabeth Banks is hitched to the pitch for “What About Barb.” Banks will star in and produce the Universal romantic comedy, about a socialite who must allow her uncouth cousin to be maid of honor so her nouveau riche uncle will pay for the wedding. “Accepted” scribe Mark Perez is writing the pic, based on […]

  • Verne TroyerStarkey Hearing Foundation Awards Gala,

    Verne Troyer, Mini-Me in 'Austin Powers,' Dies at 49

    Elizabeth Banks is hitched to the pitch for “What About Barb.” Banks will star in and produce the Universal romantic comedy, about a socialite who must allow her uncouth cousin to be maid of honor so her nouveau riche uncle will pay for the wedding. “Accepted” scribe Mark Perez is writing the pic, based on […]

  • 'Greatest Showman' Tops Disc Sales Charts

    'Greatest Showman' Tops Disc Sales Charts as 'Last Jedi' Slips to No. 2

    Elizabeth Banks is hitched to the pitch for “What About Barb.” Banks will star in and produce the Universal romantic comedy, about a socialite who must allow her uncouth cousin to be maid of honor so her nouveau riche uncle will pay for the wedding. “Accepted” scribe Mark Perez is writing the pic, based on […]

  • Stockholm review

    Tribeca Film Review: Ethan Hawke in 'Stockholm'

    Elizabeth Banks is hitched to the pitch for “What About Barb.” Banks will star in and produce the Universal romantic comedy, about a socialite who must allow her uncouth cousin to be maid of honor so her nouveau riche uncle will pay for the wedding. “Accepted” scribe Mark Perez is writing the pic, based on […]

  • READY PLAYER ONE

    Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' Crosses $500 Million Worldwide

    Elizabeth Banks is hitched to the pitch for “What About Barb.” Banks will star in and produce the Universal romantic comedy, about a socialite who must allow her uncouth cousin to be maid of honor so her nouveau riche uncle will pay for the wedding. “Accepted” scribe Mark Perez is writing the pic, based on […]

  • Hans Zimmer90th Annual Academy Awards, Roaming

    Hans Zimmer to Receive Steiner Award at Hollywood in Vienna Gala

    Elizabeth Banks is hitched to the pitch for “What About Barb.” Banks will star in and produce the Universal romantic comedy, about a socialite who must allow her uncouth cousin to be maid of honor so her nouveau riche uncle will pay for the wedding. “Accepted” scribe Mark Perez is writing the pic, based on […]

  • A Quiet Place

    'A Quiet Place' Reclaims Box Office Crown, 'Super Troopers 2' Outdoes Expectations

    Elizabeth Banks is hitched to the pitch for “What About Barb.” Banks will star in and produce the Universal romantic comedy, about a socialite who must allow her uncouth cousin to be maid of honor so her nouveau riche uncle will pay for the wedding. “Accepted” scribe Mark Perez is writing the pic, based on […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content