Marshall to direct 'Valentine's' spin-off

New Line’s moving forward on “New Year’s Eve,” a spin-off from its upcoming ensemble comedy “Valentine’s Day” with Garry Marshall expected to return as director.

Plans are to shoot “New Year’s Eve” at the end of this year for release in late 2011 with “Valentine’s Day” producers Mike Karz and Wayne Rice returning as well as screenwriter Katherine Fugate. Josie Rosen will exec produce and New Line execs Mike Disco and Sam Brown will oversee.

The story — with some of the same characters from “Valentine’s Day” — would be set in New York City on New Year’s Eve.

“Valentine’s Day” will open Friday and has been showing respectable tracking, particularly among the young female demo. Cast includes Jessica Alba, Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Patrick Dempsey, Hector Elizondo, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Topher Grace, Ashton Kutcher, Taylor Lautner, George Lopez, Queen Latifah, Julia Roberts and Emma Roberts.

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