Warner Bros. taps actress for romantic comedy

Warner Bros. has set Anne Hathaway to star and Burr Steers to direct the romantic comedy “The Fiance.” Studio is eyeing a March production start.

Pic will be produced by Offspring Entertainment partners Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot.

A rewrite of “Fiance” script is being done by Etan Cohen, the “Tropic Thunder” scribe who just turned in a script for the Judd Apatow-produced comedy to star Sacha Baron Cohen as Sherlock Holmes and Will Ferrell as Watson. “The Fiance” was originally scripted by Dyanne Stempel and Jennifer Robinson.

Hathaway will play a woman who cancels wedding plans and breaks up with her seemingly perfect fiance so she can try to figure out who she really is. Her meddling parents try to patch things up between the pair, making it impossible for her to move on.

The comedy was originally set up at Disney. After the studio dropped it, Gibgot got Hathaway interested as well as Steers, and suddenly four studios were vying for it. Shankman and Gibgot just produced “17 Again,” the Zac Efron starrer that Steers directed for New Line.

WB will likely put “Fiance” in production in March, so Hathaway can follow it by re-teaming with Steve Carell in WB’s “Get Smart” sequel.

Hathaway, onscreen in Sony Pictures Classics’ “Rachel Getting Married,” is shooting the Tim Burton-directed “Alice in Wonderland.”

Hathaway next will be seen in the Gary Winick-directed Fox 2000 comedy “Bride Wars” alongside Kate Hudson.

CAA and Management 360 reps Hathaway; CAA reps Steers; UTA reps Offspring.

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