Ryan Seacrest to Make Film Producing Debut with Reese Witherspoon (Exclusive)
The romantic comedy is being penned by "Grey's Anatomy" scribe Krista Vernoff.
The busiest man in Hollywood just got a little busier.
Ryan Seacrest is producing his first film, a romantic comedy with co-producer Reese Witherspoon. The still untitled project, which will be produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions and Witherspoon's Type A Films in association with Universal, will be written by Grey's Anatomy scribe Krista Vernoff.
Seacrest is already a major producer for Universal parent's television division, for which he produces E!'s Kardashian franchise and serves as host and managing editor of E! News.
The American Idol host and radio star noted his desire to venture into the film world as well as the scripted TV world when profiled by The Hollywood Reporter in April. The latter became a reality when he sold a small-screen adaptation of The Nanny Diaries with Harvey Weinstein into development at ABC in August.
For her part, Witherspoon is garnering buzz for her upcoming role in 20th Century Fox's This Means War, where she juggles relationships with two CIA agents – played by Chris Pine and Tom Hardy – who pull out all the stops to battle for her affection. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on Feb. 17.
News of their romantic comedy project comes mere days after Vernoff had sold a legal drama with a supernatural twist to CBS. The project pairs Vernoff, whose other small screen credits include Charmed and Private Practice, with producers Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.
Seacrest, Witherspoon and Vernoff are all repped by CAA.