Universal Pictures has acquired the recent L.A. Weekly cover story “How to Get Divorced by 30” and will use the article by Sascha Rothchild as the basis for a romantic comedy.
Marc Platt will produce the picture with Dana Fox, writer of Fox’s upcoming Ashton Kutcher-Cameron Diaz starrer “What Happens in Vegas …” and 2005’s “The Wedding Date.”
The author, using the disintegration of her first marriage along with those of five other friends, posits it’s best to begin with a “starter marriage” before finding your ultimate mate. She lays out 15 steps to guide readers to ending the first marriage.
The U comedy will focus on a heroine who road-tests the “starter marriage” premise and then finds her perceptions redrawn by reality and relationships.
Platt, who’s found success in recent years with “Legally Blonde” and Broadway’s “Wicked,” fields the James McAvoy-Angelina Jolie actioner “Wanted” as his next effort.
Platt recruited scribe Fox to do script work on some of his films and has elevated her to producer on the “Divorced” project.