EXCLUSIVE: Fans of "30 Rock" finally got their fix this season when the media-savvy NBC comedy returned in January. But those fans might be heartened to know that they'll soon be getting another dose of Tina Fey -- and as a 40-ish unmarried woman once again -- this time on the big screen.
Focus Features is moving ahead with "Admission," Fey's new dramatic comedy in which she plays a college admissions counselor for "American Pie" and "About a Boy" director Paul Weitz.
The writer-actress aims to shoot the movie when "30 Rock” wraps this spring, likely in May, according to a person familiar with the film production who was not authorized to talk about it publicly.
Owen Wilson, who had previously been reported to be weighing the role, won't be starring; instead, producers are out to Paul Rudd to play the male lead, the person said. (The actor is very interested and has met with the filmmakers, though no formal deal has been struck.) A Focus Features spokesman was not immediately available for comment.
In the Karen Croner-penned film, Fey would play an unmarried woman who meets a man she went to school with (Rudd) but never really knew. It turns out he's been harboring thoughts about her, and possibly a secret as well.
Weitz is coming off the art-house drama "Being Flynn" for Focus, while Rudd has been busy: After starring in last month's romantic comedy "Wanderlust," he'll next be seen in the college romance "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" as well as Judd Apatow's "This Is 40," both due out later this year.
As for Fey, fans will have to be content to watch her tangle with Jack Donaghy: At present she has no new movies in the can.
-- Steven Zeitchik
Photo: Tina Fey at the Golden Globes in January. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press