Jennifer Lopez has accomplished a lot of things over the course of her career as an entertainer. She’s been a dancer, an actress, a recording artist, and even a reality TV personality. But a new report out of Variety is saying that she’s just taken a new job that’s now going to see her attempting to do the impossible: she’s going to have to try to seduce a hormone-filled teenage boy using little more than her world-renowned sex appeal and shapely figure. Truly, this is going to be her most challenging endeavor to date.
The seduction is all set to take place in a low-budget thriller called The Boy Next Door, which is being put together by successful horror producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge), and which reportedly has Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious, Alex Cross) in negotiations to direct.
The Boy Next Door will see Lopez playing a recently divorced woman who takes her rebound relationship to creepy places when she starts balling the teenaged boy who has just moved in next door and befriended her also-teenaged son. The scary parts start when she comes back to her senses and tries to end the relationship, but finds that this isn’t a development the boy is going to accept very easily. Teenagers can get pretty emotional about things, after all. Emotional, and melodramatic, and murderous.
Given the low-low budget of this project (reportedly around $3 or $4 million), The Boy Next Door definitely looks like it could successfully fit the mold of the low risk/high reward strategy Blum has recently been using the horror/thriller genres to take. It seems like a strange choice for an actress who’s used to being in big budget blockbusters like Lopez and a director who’s used to making expensive action movies like Cohen though. It should be interesting to see how each adapt to making something on a smaller scale, and to monitor what taking this job might indicate about their career strategies going forward.
Either way, whether this one proves to be a success on the level of a Paranormal Activity or a The Purge or not, let’s all just hope it turns out better than the last dark thriller Cohen was put in charge of making, The Skulls. How far into those negotiations are they, exactly? Too late to get a more interesting director attached to this one?