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A female 'Hangover,' starring Isla Fisher, is set to land a director

March 17, 2011 |  4:27 pm

EXCLUSIVE: With "The Hangover" a rare recent comedy blockbuster, it was only a matter of time before we saw the concept -- the raunchy antics of a disparate group -- refit and recast with women.

The upcoming "Bridesmaids" attempts one version of the premise, although in a more familiar matrimonial setting. Now "Desperados" looks to execute the concept in a more "Hangover"-appropriate environment: on an outrageous road trip.

The comedy, about a trio of women on a quixotic mission, is moving forward at Universal (which, incidentally, is also behind "Bridesmaids"). Betty Thomas, the director of "Private Parts" and "Dr. Dolittle," is set to be offered the director's chair and is planning on accepting the job, according to  two people who were briefed on the project and were not authorized to speak about it publicly.

Isla Fisher was attached to "Desperados" last year, and the studio is currently seeking two other female leads.

Ellen Rapoport's script, which landed on Hollywood's esteemed Black List two years ago,  has the women heading to Mexico to set right a situation that had one of the women leaving a scathing message for a man she actually likes.

Thomas will get behind the camera instead of Wayne McClammy, the filmmaker best known as the director of the Jimmy Kimmel-Matt Damon viral videos, who at one point was in negotiations to direct. Thomas last directed "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" but opted last year not to direct the third movie in the franchise.

Of course, those with a "Hangover" craving won't have to wait long for the male version: Todd Phillips'  sequel comes out in  May.

--Steven Zeitchik and Nicole Sperling



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Photo: "The Hangover." Credit: Warner Bros.

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Find the script!

Aside from this being a bad idea, Isla Fisher has no screen presence and is not the star-waiting-to-happen that certain studio types would like to believe. Let her just be a newer version Jada Pinkett-Smith - a glorified Hollywood wife.


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