Comedy follows four women on Mother's Day vacation
Nia Vardalos and Walden Media are teaming on ensemble comedy “Happy Mother’s Day,” with Vardalos penning the script and starring.Idea originated with Walden VP of development and production Evan Turner. Turner and Walden CEO Michael Bostick then approached Vardalos. The Walden comedy revolves around four suburban moms who decide to take a road trip for Mother’s Day. “It’s about the pressure of doing it all: raising children plus working, while your gut’s held in by Spanx,” Vardalos said. Walden is fast-tracking “Mother’s Day” and hopes to begin production by the end of the year. Project is currently out to directors and talent. Vardalos will play one of the four leads. Project doesn’t yet have a distrib. “We’ve worked closely with her and created this great comedy,” Bostwick said. Walden and 20th Century Fox will be in theaters June 23 with kids pic “Ramona and Beezus,” based on the bestselling children’s book series by Beverly Cleary. Other upcoming Walden titles include co-production “Waiting for Superman” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.” Vardalos’ other current projects include comedy/drama “Larry Crowne,” which she co-wrote with Tom Hanks. “Larry Crowne” reunited Hanks and Vardalos after working together on indie megahit “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” of which Hanks was a producer. Hanks will direct “Larry Crowne,” as well as star opposite Julia Roberts. Vardalos also plays a part in the film about a middle-aged man who decides to reinvent himself by going back to college. Vardalos is repped by Paradigm.