Apparently, America loves its romantic comedies, even when they’re unadulterated pieces of garbage. Take last year’s Valentine’s Day, for example. Despite being universally abhorred by critics, the movie was so successful that director Garry Marshall is mounting a follow-up called New Year’s Eve. See if you can guess what it’s about.

Similar to Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve will follow a bunch of single men and women as their romantic lives haphazardly intertwine on and around an overrated, overblown holiday. Halle Berry had been cast as one such single lady, but according to Deadline, she just dropped out – and has already been replaced by the current queen of bottom-of-the-gutter romantic comedies, Katherine Heigl.

The ex-Grey’s Anatomy star will be playing acting veteran Jon Bon Jovi’s romantic partner in the movie. Interestingly enough, Heigl was previously in talks to co-star in Valentine’s Day, but because she demanded too much money for too small a role — $3 million, more than a-listers Julia Roberts and Anne Hathaway received for the same movie — she and the project went their separate ways. I’d be curious to know how much they paid her this time around, and downright astounded if it wasn’t less than a cool million.

The cast and director of Valentine's Day

How many more ways can Garry Marshall rip-off the film classic known as Love Actually before he runs out of major holidays? Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and now New Year’s Eve have been covered, so there are only three or four left. Let’s all cross our fingers that Passover is next on the list.

Check out the trailer for Marshall’s previous film, Valentine’s Day, below:

Hip music? Hip actors? This movie had everything

New Year’s Eve, starring Robert De Niro, Ashton Kutcher, Ice Cube, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel, Zac Efron, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Duhamel, Sofia Vergara, Russell Peters, Hilary Swank, Abigail Breslin, Seth Meyers, Til Schweiger, Jon Bon Jovi, Frankie Muniz, and Lea Michele, is just getting ready to shoot and is set to hit theaters December 9th, 2011.

Source: Deadline