Newell will direct comedy for Par

Paltrow set to star in 'Lose'

Mike Newell is attached to helm Paramount comedy “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.”

Gwyneth Paltrow is set to topline the pic, which is aiming for a mid-November start. “Guy” is based on a bestseller by Michele Alexander and Jeannie Long. Robert Evans, Lynda Obst and Christine Peters are producing.

While the book is a sardonic how-to of what not to do in relationships (e.g. sex on the first date, spooning, etc.), pic’s storyline is still evolving.

Burr Steers penned the latest draft of the “How to Lose a Guy” script. Kristen Buckley and Brian Regan wrote the prior adaptation.

Newell’s diverse recent pics include “Pushing Tin,” “Donnie Brasco” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” He is also an exec producer on Stephen Soderbergh’s “Traffic” and is attached to Phoenix Pictures’ “Shanghai,” which is currently being rewritten by Becky Johnson.

Newell is repped by ICM.

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