Kirsten Smith

Rosie

Well, this is problematic. We’ve long been berated with rumors of an imminent female-centric spin on the popular Expendables franchise, the clunkily named The ExpendaBelles, but actual details on the project have been consistently slim. All we’ve really known has been neatly encapsulated in said title – it’s The Expendables but with ladies! – but now the film has both a director and a very distressing plotline to either A) recommend it or B) send potential audiences members running for the proverbial hills. For now, we’re checking off option B. Deadline reports that Robert Luketic has come on board to direct the feature, which makes the film sort of a perfect marriage of his directorial territory: bad action films (Paranoia, Killers) and projects that are aimed at women while also being insulting to them (Monster-in-Law, The Ugly Truth, Legally Blonde). The film will see Luketic reuniting with his Legally Blonde and The Ugly Truth screenwriters Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah, who previously penned both of those features, along with other (and notably more truly female-friendly) fare like She’s the Man (an underrated modern classic) and Ella Enchanted (which is sweet and funny and features a great Anne Hathaway singing performance). But beyond questionable creative talent, The ExpendaBelles has got plenty of other problems that make it sound like the exact opposite of an empowering female-led action outing.

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Variety is reporting that Universal Pictures has hired Legally Blonde screenwriters Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith to pen a remake of the 1982 comedy The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Yes friends, the movie for which Dolly Parton (and her glorious assets) were nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress.

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