Reese Witherspoon’s Type A Films shingle is developing Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum mystery novel “One for the Money” as a possible starring vehicle for Witherspoon at Columbia.
Wendy Finerman, who’s been developing the project for years, will produce along with Type A.
Story concerns a down-on-her-luck native of Trenton, N.J., who convinces her bail bondsman cousin to give her a shot as a bounty hunter. Her first assignment is to track down a former cop on the run for murder — the same man who broke her heart years before.
Col is seeking a writer to adapt the novel. Amy Baer is overseeing for the studio.
Witherspoon toplines Focus Features’ recent release “Vanity Fair,” directed by Mira Nair. She next stars as June Carter Cash in James Mangold’s Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line” at Col. Also upcoming is “If Only It Were True,” opposite Mark Ruffalo, at DreamWorks.
“Forrest Gump” and “Drumline” producer Finerman is producing “Everything Changes” at Col along with Tobey Maguire, who’ll likely star. She is also exec producing “Surrender, Dorothy,” an adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s novel, for CBS. Diane Keaton stars and exec produces.