Quintet sizing up 'Into You'
EmptyJennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Justin Long and Ginnifer Goodwin are in negotiations to star in "He's Just Not That Into You" for New Line Cinema. Drew Barrymore is set to star in the ensemble comedy and is also producing via her Flower Films banner with partner Nancy Juvonen.
Ken Kwapis is directing "Into You," which is based on the best-selling book that is a social commentary about modern-day relationships and how men and women often misconstrue the intentions of the opposite sex. The book was written by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, who worked together on "Sex and the City" as a consultant and writer, respectively. Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, who penned the Barrymore starrer "Never Been Kissed," wrote the adaptation.
Almost in a " 'Traffic' of comedy" style, the Baltimore-set movie of interconnecting story arcs deals with the challenges of reading or misreading human behavior. Jennifer Connelly plays a woman stuck in a tired marriage with Cooper's character. Kevin Connolly, meanwhile, is a man pining after a woman, still not cast, who is having an affair with Cooper.
Goodwin is a young woman obsessed with Kevin Connolly's character who tries to set up accidental meetings with him only to run across his friend, played by Long, who takes her on as a "My Fair Lady" experiment.
Barrymore plays a woman perpetually confused by dating, now more than ever in a culture that is more obsessed with technology than actual human contact.
Production is due to start early September in Los Angeles.
Jennifer Connelly, most recently seen in "Blood Diamond," is repped by ICM, while Long, who was in "Live Free or Die Hard," is repped by UTA. Kevin Connolly ("Entourage") and Goodwin ("Big Love") are repped by WMA. Cooper and Barrymore are repped by CAA. Cooper is additionally repped by Thruline Entertainment.
Overseeing "Into You" for New Line are production executives Michele Weiss and Michael Disco.