New Line Cinema is in talks with Offspring Entertainment to bring Mean Moms - a semi-sequel to the Tina Fey-penned 2004 hit Mean Girls - to the big screen.
Mean Moms will be based off Rosalind Wiseman's 2006 book, Queen Bee Moms and King Pin Dads. That novel is a followup to Wiseman's successful 2002 work, Queen Bees and Wannabees - the inspiration for SNL alumni Tina Fey's Mean Girls screenplay.
Like Mean Girls, Mean Moms tells the story of a family that moves into the high class world of the American suburbs. This time - according to Variety - the action will revolve around "a happily married mother of two...faced with confronting the cutthroat world of competitive parenting."
Aside from Mean Girls star (and now tabloid favorite) Lindsay Lohan (Machete), several of the original cast members - including Rachel McAdams (The Notebook), Amanda Seyfried (Letters to Juliet), and Tina Fey (Date Night) - have done well in the six years since that film came out. None of their characters (or the performers themselves, most likely) will be featured in Mean Moms.
Original Mean Girls producer Jill Messick will team up with Offspring Entertainment producers Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot (Hairspray) and New Line Cinema to bring Mean Moms to the big screen. Screenwriting duo Dara and Chad Creasey (Pushing Daisies) have been hired to adapt Wiseman's novel.
Mean Girls was largely praised for Tina Fey's sharp, witty screenplay - which has led to the film becoming easily the most quoted teen comedy of the past decade. Even with a whole new cast and crew being involved in its production, Mean Moms will be unable to escape the inevitable comparisons to its 2004 predecessor and will be hard-pressed to match its popularity.
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Will screenwriters Dara and Chad Creasey be able to craft a script as equally biting and humorous as that of Tina Fey's Mean Girls? The two did pen the Pushing Daisies episode "Bitches," which was a clever episode about the four wives of a recently deceased polygamist - so it's certainly not impossible.
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Look for production on Mean Moms to begin sometime in the near future.