Shankman, Gibgot, Messick in talks to produce
Look out, kids — “Mean Moms” is headed for the big screen with Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Jill Messick in talks to produce as a comedy for New Line.Shankman and Gibgot will produce through their Offspring banner. “Mean Moms” will carry some resemblance to Paramount’s 2004 comedy “Mean Girls,” since both are adapted from advice books for parents penned by Rosalind Wiseman. Messick, who exec produced “Mean Girls,” brought “Mean Moms” to Offspring. As with “Mean Girls,” story will start with a family moving to a new town. “Moms” will focus on a happily married mother of two who moves from small town America to the high class suburbs and is faced with confronting the cut throat world of competitive parenting. New Line’s tapped the scripting team of Dara and Chad Creasey to adapt Wiseman’s 2006 tome “Queen Bee Moms and King Pin Dads: Dealing with the Parents, Teachers, Coaches, and Counselors Who Can Make — or Break — Your Child’s Future.” Wiseman’s book is aimed at helping parents navigate between being overly passive and excessively protective. “Mean Moms” would be the fourth New Line pic that Offspring’s produced following “Hairspray,” “17 Again” and “Going The Distance,” which opens Aug. 27. Wiseman’s 2002 book “Queen Bees and Wannabees: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World” served as the foundation for Paramount’s 2006 comedy “Mean Girls” — though “Mean Moms” won’t bring back any “Mean Girls” characters. Matt Smith of Offspring will exec produce. Michele Weiss is overseeing for New Line.
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