21 & Over Helmers Set Leslie Mann to Headline Upcoming Comedy


Leslie Mann

Merced Media and Block Entertainment announced today that Leslie Mann (The Other Woman, Knocked Up) will headline a new comedy from Jon Lucas & Scott Moore (21 & Over). Lucas and Moore will direct the film, which is based on their original screenplay. Block Entertainment and Merced Media are producing alongside Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, This is 40) and Josh Church for Apatow Productions.

Plot details are being kept under wraps. Merced Media is fully financing the project with Bill Block and Merced’s Raj Brinder Singh producing. Block Entertainment partner, John Friedberg, will executive produce.

“Lucas and Moore have written a funny and heartfelt script about women and the challenges of motherhood,” says Mann. “I am thrilled to be working with them on this film, and to collaborate for the first time with Block Entertainment and Merced Media.”

“When we read Lucas and Moore’s script we knew it was a hit and a global female comedy,” says Block. “I couldn’t be happier to work with the scintillating Leslie Mann.”

Lucas and Moore also wrote The Hangover for Warner Bros., which grossed just under $500 million worldwide and launched a three-film franchise. They also helmed New Line Cinema’s Four Christmases, starring Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn, and Universal’s The Change-Up starring Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds and Olivia Wilde.

Mann, Lucas and Moore are all represented by CAA, who negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. Judd Apatow is repped by UTA. Principal photography begins this summer in New York.

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