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‘Whip It’ Writer Shauna Cross To Pen ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’

'Whip It' Writer Shauna Cross To Pen 'What to Expect When You're Expecting'

Also Working On The Strippers Screenplay, ‘Live Nude Girls’

Turning “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” — America’s “pregnancy bible” — into a feature film you say? That’s Lionsgate‘s plan. They’ve hired Shauna Cross, the writer of Drew Barrymore‘s directorial debut, “Whip It!,” to adapt the best-selling help/guide book by Heidi Murkoff.

According to Deadline, they’re going to use that blueprint for a romantic comedy in the ensemble, intertwining stories vein of “Love Actually.” The book has sold over 16 million copies so there’s obviously going to be a huge audience for this one. The plan is to find a director and start shooting next spring. Given the 32-year-old writer’s agenda of writing pro-femme empowering scripts (like her next one, see below), we’ve got to assume this is going to be either a paycheck gig, someone is eventually going to be rewriting this or Cross will actually inject some bite into what sounds like it could be a fairly cloying and banal rom-com along the lines of “Life As We Know It.” Let’s hope for the latter, but “Love Actually” is never a blueprint anyone should follow. Even your mom deserves a better movie than that, whether she knows it yet or not.

According to a recent Variety piece in which the writer was named one of the 2010 “screenwriters to watch,” Cross is apparently also working on a screenplay called, “Live Nude Girls,”which is evidently a true story about a group of exotic dancers in San Francisco who formed a union to improve their work environment in the early ’90s.

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