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01.15.10 29 Comments

(Val was confused when his water broke so put on a wetsuit.)

What to Expect When You’re Expecting, the self-explanatory non-fiction guidebook, is soon to be a major motion picture.  They even hired a pregnant chick to write it, just to give Variety more cutesy pun material.  Of course, it’s not a narrative book, but that’s okay because rom-coms are so lame and formulaic these days they don’t have to have stories.

Lionsgate has picked up the movie rights to the Heidi Murkoff books from Phoenix, which held the option. Heather Hach, who is nine months pregnant, will write the adaptation.
The first book was published in 1984 and has gone on to sell between 14 to 20 million copies, depending on the figures. It has been translated into 40 languages and has remained on the New York Times bestseller list (in the paperback advice category) for over 440 weeks. USA Today once claimed that 93% of expectant American moms had read the book. [“expectant” mothers as opposed to aw-dang-I-got-knocked-up-agin mothers, I’m guessing]
The big-screen adaptation of “Expecting” will follow the relationships of seven couples as they experience the thrills, terrors, surprises, aches and pains of preparing to embark on life’s biggest journey, parenthood.
The multi-storyline approach is similar to the one used by the New Line romantic comedy “He’s Just Not That Into You,” the adaptation based on best-selling guidebook for dating in the modern world. [THR]

Gosh, I wonder if they’ll have room in one of those seven storylines for a well-dressed little tyke who gives sage advice, wise far beyond his years.  Also, anyone who calls parenthood life’s biggest journey has obviously never driven across Texas.

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