STXfilms announced on Monday that Jennifer Lopez is reteaming with the studio for the upcoming romantic comedy “Marry Me.”
The film is based on a graphic novel by Bobby Crosby, and centers around a pop superstar (Lopez) who, moments before marrying her rock star fiancé at Madison Square Garden, finds out that he was cheating with her assistant. Lopez’s character spontaneously melts down on stage and picks a random math teacher out of the crowd to marry instead.
What starts as a goof ends up becoming an exploration of relationships, expectations and destiny. The studio described the rom-com as “Notting Hill” meets “The Proposal.”
Owen Wilson is in final negotiations to co-star as the math teacher Lopez’s character marries.
“We continue to have amazing experiences with Jennifer, Elaine and Benny with each film we collaborate on, and we’re thrilled that they wanted to work with STX again on this funny and endearing project,” STXfilms Chairman Adam Fogelson. “Owen Wilson is a hilarious and charismatic addition to film, and the perfect person to play opposite Jen in a role that was quite literally made for her.”
“Marry Me” is now the third collaboration between STX, Lopez and producers Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina, following last year’s “Second Act” and the upcoming “Hustlers,” which is currently in production.
The rom-com genre have seen a resurgence recently with the success of Netflix films such as “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and “Set It Up.” They’re becoming prevalent at the box office again, though they’ve yet to be proven, sustainable successes on the big screen.
“Marry Me” was written by John Rogers and Tami Sagher with a rewrite by Harper Dill. Kat Coiro (“A Case of You,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) has signed on to direct.
Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina will produce alongside John Rogers. Willie Mercer, Alex Brown and J.B Roberts will executive produce. STX’s Kate Vorhoff and Catherine Hagedorn will oversee production on behalf of the studio.
STXinternational will handle international distribution and directly distribute in the U.K. and Ireland.
Lopez is represented by CAA, The Medina Co. and Hirsch Wallerstein. Wilson is represented by UTA and Hirsch Wallerstein.