Anyone who’s lived in a college town or a neighborhood with a bustling bar district over the past ten years or so has probably heard the term “walk of shame.” Or, at least, you have to have seen one take place, even if you didn’t know what the kids were calling it at the time. The walk of shame happens when somebody makes some bad decisions at a bar, spends the night at the house of someone they don’t know, and then has to walk back home the next morning looking all disheveled and gross because the person they spent the night with doesn’t even have the decency to give them a ride. Due to the fact that the walk of shame is both comically embarrassing and promotes casual sex, it was only a matter of time before somebody in Hollywood used it for the basis of a raunchy comedy, and that time is now.
According to THR, Elizabeth Banks has just signed a deal with Lakeshore Entertainment to make Walk of Shame her next project after filming wraps on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The film, which was written and will be directed by Steve Brill, tells the story of a news anchor in Los Angeles who has to make her way across town after a one night stand in time to receive a promotion at her work that she’s been dreaming about forever.
Given the almost pathetically trendy and youth-oriented nature of this film’s subject matter, and the fact that it’s being brought to us by the guy who wrote Ready to Rumble and came up with the trick plays at the climax of The Mighty Ducks, one might think that attaching herself to this film isn’t exactly the best move that Banks could make in regards to her steadily growing film career.
But there’s one important thing to remember when looking at this story. While it’s true that Brill is responsible for bringing us a great deal of crap over the years, he’s also the guy who co-wrote and directed Heavy Weights back in the day, and if there’s one thing that we can all agree on, it’s that Heavy Weights is awesome. If he can bring even a fraction of that magic to this drunken, irresponsible reporter character, then we all might be in for a treat. Never count out the guy who brought us Tony Perkis’ German assistant Lars.