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Reese Witherspoon’s ‘Opening Belle’ Movie Draws Writer

Warner Bros. is moving ahead with Reese Witherspoon’s Wall Street comedy “Opening Belle,” tapping Matthew Aldrich to adapt Maureen Sherry Klinsky’s upcoming novel.

The novel, due to be published by Simon and Schuster next year, is a comedic version of a woman juggling motherhood with a career on Wall Street in 2007, when she must deal with the impending financial crisis while raising three children. The novel is loosely based on Klinsky’s real-life experience working as a managing director at Bear Stearns.

Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea set up the project in June through their Pacific Standard banner with an eye to Witherspoon starring. Julia Spiro and Chantal Nong are overseeing for Warner Bros.

Pacific Standard has been active in developing projects based on novels with female protagonists, including “Wild” and “Gone Girl,” Jessica Knoll’s “Luckiest Girl Alive” at Lionsgate, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon’s “Ashley’s War” at Fox 2000 and a Barbie doll origins movie at Bold Films.

Aldrich’s credits include “The Ballad Of Pablo Escobar” and “Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery And Eskimo Kisses,” set up in 2011 at Warner Bros. with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

Aldrich is repped by WME and managed by Jewerl Ross. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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