Tennant sets 'Dates' with Universal pic


Andy Tennant has signed on to direct Universal Pictures' adaptation of the Jennifer Cox memoir "Around the World in 80 Dates" and Gwyn Lurie has been tapped to write the script.

Reese Witherspoon's Type A Films shingle is producing along with Mike De Luca Prods. Witherspoon has not committed to star in the project, though that easily could change as the project develops. Witherspoon worked with Tennant on the romantic comedy hit "Sweet Home Alabama."

Cox's book revolves around a British travel writer's attempt to find her soulmate, sending her profile and specs to contacts around the world. She then travels the globe, going on dates with the top 80 candidates in 16 countries.

Jeff Rake wrote the previous draft.

Witherspoon is producing with Type A's Jennifer Simpson. Michael De Luca also produces.

Holly Bario is overseeing for the studio.

Tennant is shooting "Fool's Gold," starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson. His credits include "Hitch" and "Ever After." He is repped by CAA.

Lurie, repped by WMA and Fuse Entertainment, did a rewrite on Warner Bros. Pictures' "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and has "London is the Best City in America" set up at Universal.