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New Line Taps Beth McCarthy-Miller to Direct ‘Mean Moms’

Project to resemble 2004's 'Mean Girls'

New Line has tapped veteran TV director Beth McCarthy-Miller to helm “Mean Moms” — the first major development for Warner Bros. since Monday’s departure of Jeff Robinov as president.

Project was set up in 2010 with Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Jill Messick producing for New Line. Shankman and Gibgot are producing through their Offspring banner.

Warner Bros. announced Monday that a trio of execs will now run the studio — production president Greg Silverman, marketing and distribution president Sue Kroll and New Line Cinema president Toby Emmerich.

Mean Moms” will bear some resemblance to Paramount’s 2004 comedy “Mean Girls,” since both are adapted from advice books for parents penned by Rosalind Wiseman. Messick exec produced “Mean Girls” and brought “Mean Moms” to Offspring.

The writing team of Sean Anders and John Morris are rewriting “Mean Moms.” Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein also were tapped last year to rewrite the project.

As with “Mean Girls,” story will start with a family moving to a new town. “Moms” will focus on a happily married mother of two who moves from small-town America to the high-class suburbs, where she faces the cutthroat world of competitive parenting.

When New Line set up “Mean Moms,” it tapped the scripting team of Dara and Chad Creasey to adapt Wiseman’s 2006 tome “Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads: Dealing with the Parents, Teachers, Coaches and Counselors Who Can Make — or Break — Your Child’s Future.”

Wiseman’s 2002 book “Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and the New Realities of Girl World” served as the foundation for Par’s “Mean Girls.”

McCarthy-Miller directed “Saturday Night Live” for over a decade until 2006. The Deadline.com site first reported her attachment.

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