Untitled Columbia film eyes March start date

Helmer James L. Brooks is set to team with Reese Witherspoon on an untitled comedy for Columbia Pictures.

Brooks, who has directed only five films during his career and hasn’t helmed one since 2004′s “Spanglish,” has been holed up writing the screenplay for the film, which is described as an ensemble project that boasts at least three major characters — a hallmark of such Brooks films as “Broadcast News” and “Terms of Endearment.”

Witherspoon is the only lead to sign on so far.

Logline is being kept under wraps on the film, which has the working title “How Do You Know?”

Studio is eyeing a March start date.

Witherspoon was set to start lensing an untitled Cameron Crowe romantic comedy for Sony in February, but that film has been pushed to July, leaving an opening in the actress’ schedule.

Witherspoon, who is onscreen in “Four Christmases,” is in production as the voice star of DreamWorks Animation’s “Monsters vs. Aliens.”

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