It's been a very long wait for Janet Evanovich fans. But finally the Stephanie Plum movie appears to be a go. Reese Witherspoon was attached to the project for three years, but that deal never came together. Now Katherine Heigl has stepped in as the bounty hunter with an attitude in One For the Money. Variety reports:
Reese Witherspoon was previously attached to take on the role, but the project has been dormant for several years. Heigl's interest has put the project back on the fast track, with Andrea Giannetti overseeing for the studio. Col[umbia] and Lakeshore will next look to attach a director.Katherine Heigl? That's a surprise, but the more we think about it the more we like it. She certainly can do the attitude part and we think she can do action. So far Janet Evanovich hasn't given a detailed comment about the casting: she announced it on her website and noted that she's not involved with the casting. No other casting choices have been mentioned yet (the film doesn't even have a director) and we're waiting anxiously to to hear who the male leads will be.
Lakeshore's Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing "One for the Money" with Wendy Finerman ("The Devil Wears Prada"). Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith penned the screenplay, and Liz Brixius has been brought onboard to do a polish.
In addition to her continuing gig on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Heigl has upcoming film roles in "Killers" for Lionsgate and "Life as We Know It" for Warner Bros.