NL attracted to book about bad boyfriends


New Line has acquired "What Was I Thinking?" a comedy project from Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz with Leslie Mann and Elizabeth Banks attached to star. Lynda Obst is producing.

The project is based on the book in which Barbara Davilman and Liz Dubelman compiled 58 bad-boyfriend stories. Obst realized the book would make a great hook for a movie. She then enlisted Fogel and Lefkowitz, who wrote the Sarah Jessica Parker HBO pilot "The Washingtonienne," to come up with a movie story.

The take sees a woman getting dumped during her engagement party, causing her friends to spring into action and whisk her away on a ski trip for healing and hedonism. Four flashbacks dealing in "worst ex-boyfriend" tales, threaded by the adventures on the ski trip, follow.

"It's a story of how women help each other," Obst said. "And we do that by telling stories." She described the project as "a girls' (Judd) Apatow movie."

Mann will play a woman who dates a lot but never seems to have serious relationships, and Banks will play a woman on the rebound. Two other lead female parts are called for.

Michele Weiss and Merideth Finn are overseeing for New Line.

The CAA-repped Mann co-stars in New Line's "17 Again," which opens today. She next appears in "Funny People," from director and husband Apatow, Robert Rodriguez's "Short" and "I Love You Phillip Morris," starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor.

Banks, repped by UTA and Untitled, is coming off two comedies, "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" and "Role Models," and recently starred in the horror movie "The Uninvited."

Fogel and Lefkowitz, who recently wrote "Little Darlings" for J.J. Abrams and Paramount, are repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. (partialdiff)