Eva Longoria Bastón to Make Directorial Debut With Universal Comedy '24-7' (Exclusive)
Paul Feig, who last made 'A Simple Favor,' has come on board to produce the workplace comedy.
Eva Longoria Bastón is set to make her feature directorial debut with 24-7, a workplace comedy for Universal Pictures in which she also will star with Kerry Washington.
Paul Feig, who recently made A Simple Favor, and partner Jessie Henderson have come aboard to produce the feature via their FeigCo Entertainment banner.
Longoria Bastón and Washington are also producing via their respective shingles, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Simpson Street. UnbeliEVAble’s Ben Spector is also a producer.
Sarah Rothschild wrote the script, which tells of a group of women accountants who band together against a group of male co-workers to solve a fraud case that will save their jobs. The project is said to be in the tone of 9 to 5, the classic 1980 female-centric workplace comedy starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton.
Universal vp production Sara Scott and creative exec Christine Sun are overseeing 24-7 for the studio, while vp Will Rack is shepherding development for UnbeliEVAble. Executive vp Pilar Savone is running point for Simpson Street.
The directing move is a jump for Longoria Bastón, but one for which she has been training. The actress, who is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Group, has helmed numerous episodes of television shows such as Black-ish, Jane the Virgin, The Mick, LA to Vegas, Telenovela and the upcoming ABC series Grand Hotel, which she also is producing. On the acting side, Longoria Bastón just wrapped filming Paramount’s live-action take on Dora the Explorer.