Today is the first day of Summer! That means it's time to kick back and relax, but just because school's out doesn't mean you can't still curl up with a good book. Whether you're hitting the beach or just looking for some new reading material, we've got you covered with a brand new list of books that are already being adapted for the big screen. Check 'em out and get primed for the blockbusters of tomorrow.
News that Drew Barrymore has signed on to direct the movie adaptation of How to Be Single didn't just excite me because it sounds like it could be a cute romantic comedy; I'm more invested because I'm currently reading the book by Liz Tuccillo. The story is about five single friends in their late 30s living in New York City and each dealing with the challenges of her own love life. Though casting hasn't begun, I have some actors in mind to play the female five-some and their love interests, assuming that Barrymore will pluck her cast from her personal group of friends and costars.
Drew Barrymore made her directorial debut with Whip It, and after taking a few years off, she's ready to get back behind the camera. For her next project, Barrymore has chosen a romantic comedy called How to Be Single. If you're already thinking about He's Just Not That Into You, then you're on the right track. The film will follow a similar formula, showcasing an ensemble cast as they go through love and heartbreak over 10 years in New York City. To take the comparisons one step further, Barrymore's new film reunites HJNTIY scribes Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn with Barrymore and her producing partner Nancy Juvonen.
Both films are also based on books, though Liz Tuccillo's How to Be Single is a novel, not a self-help book. I thought Whip It was a solid freshman effort from Barrymore, and I don't doubt that she'll have any problem getting comfortable directing a romantic comedy, a genre that she has plenty of experience in. Holllywood has been struggling with the star-studded romantic comedy theme these days (cough, cough, Valentine's Day), but at least we know Barrymore will have the pick of the litter when lining up famous friends for her newest project.
- Two more chick lit tomes will be getting the big screen treatment: How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo (He's Just Not That Into You) will be produced by Drew Barrymore's production company, while Devil Wears Prada author Lauren Weisberger's book Chasing Harry Winston has also been bought up. — The Hollywood Reporter, Variety
- Tina Fey or Casey Wilson might play Sarah Palin on SNL this weekend. — Newsday
- Two new doctors are coming to Grey's Anatomy. — Entertainment Weekly
- Ray Winstone will replace Robert De Niro in the drama Edge of Darkness, starring alongside Mel Gibson. — ComingSoon
- The screenwriter of The Usual Suspects is developing a TV show for both Mexican and US TV. — TV Guide
- Christina Ricci and Cedric the Entertainer are joining the romantic comedy All's Faire in Love, which centers on a Renaissance Faire theater troupe. — The Hollywood Reporter
- Katee Sackhoff will play a LAPD detective in an NBC pilot. — Zap2it
- Fox will be getting a third TV series from chef Gordon Ramsay. — Variety