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Reese Witherspoon Developing Wall Street Comedy ‘Opening Belle’

Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea’s Pacific Standard banner is developing a film adaptation for Warner Bros. of Maureen Sherry Klinsky’s upcoming novel “Opening Belle” with an eye to Witherspoon starring.

The novel, due to be published by Simon and Schuster later this 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 Papandrea will produce. Jeanne Snow will oversee for Pacific Standard. Julia Spiro and Chantal Nong will oversee for Warner Bros.

Pacific Standard has also been developing Jessica Knoll’s “Luckiest Girl Alive” at Lionsgate, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon’s “Ashley’s War” at Fox 2000 and S.J. Watson’s thriller novel “Second Life” at Warner Bros.

Withspoon and Papandea formed Pacific Standard in 2012 in order to fill the vacuum for movies with female protagonists. They produced “Wild,” “Gone Girl” and “Hot Pursuit” and are also developing an adaptation of the novel “Big Little Lies,” “The Engagements,” “Pennyroyal’s Princess Boot Camp” and “The Outliers.”

Witherspoon is repped by CAA and Rick Yorn at LBI Entertainment.

News about “Opening Belle” was first reported by the Tracking Board.

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