TV director takes on Jennifer Lopez film

After two decades as a TV helmer of acclaimed dramas, Alan Poul is segueing to a bigscreen romantic comedy.

Poul, who has directed series including “Big Love,” “Six Feet Under,” “Rome” and “Swingtown,” is in final negotiations to helm the Jennifer Lopez vehicle “Plan B” for CBS Films.

Pic will begin lensing in May and is scheduled to bow in January 2010, becoming the first release for the nearly two-year-old label.

Penned by Kate Angelo, story centers on a single woman (Lopez) who turns to artificial insemination in response to her ticking biological clock, only to see her backup plan turned on its side when the man of her dreams shows up at the same time as her positive pregnancy-test results.

Casting for the male lead is under way.

Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch are producing through their Escape Artists banner.

For five seasons, Poul was exec producer of HBO’s “Six Feet Under.” Last year, he exec produced and directed the pilot of CBS’ period drama “Swingtown.”

He is repped by UTA.

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