Monaghan commits to Col's 'Made'


Michelle Monaghan has signed on to star opposite Patrick Dempsey in Columbia Pictures' romantic comedy "Made of Honor."

Paul Weiland will direct from a screenplay by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont based on an original script by Adam Sztykiel.

The story chronicles the relationship between Tom (Dempsey) and Claire (Monaghan), who have been platonic friends for 10 years. He's a serial dater, while she wants marriage but hasn't found Mr. Right. Just as Tom is starting to think that he's relationship material after all, Claire gets engaged. When she asks Tom to be her "maid" of honor, he reluctantly agrees -- only so he can attempt to stop the wedding and woo her before it's too late.

Shooting is scheduled to start in April.

Neal Moritz is producing through his Sony-based Original Film shingle. Aaron Kaplan and Sean Perrone are executive producing alongside Original's Tania Landau.

Amy Baer and Adam Milano are overseeing for the studio.

Monaghan, whose credits include "Mission: Impossible III" and "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang," next will star in two October releases: the untitled Farrelly brothers project from DreamWorks Pictures and "Gone, Baby, Gone" from Miramax Films.

She is repped by Endeavor, Frank Frattaroli of D/F Management and attorney Robert Offer.