Actress Shiri Appleby (Law & Order: SVU) is in talks to direct to direct the body-switching movie, Wouldn’t It Be Nice for Disney’s streaming service, Disney+, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
According to the Hollywood trade, the actress made her pitch for the project two executives remotely via a zoom meeting, and if hired appleby will become one of the first deals made for Disney+ since the lockdown started due to the coronavirus.
Wouldn’t It Be Nice is a romantic comedy of teenage friends — a star football player on the rise and a brainy girl with few prospects — who wake up 20 years later to find out they are married and living a life none of them expected.
Longtime Disney producer Andrew Gunn (Sky High, Haunted Mansion) will produce the project, with screenwriter Emma Fletcher (Parks and Recreation) who wrote the most recent draft of the script. The film has been in development for 11 years, with evious drafts written by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) as well as Barry Blaustein (The Nutty Professor) and Jasion Hefter (Explorer).
Appleby has previously directed episodes of Lifetimes critically-acclaimed drama UnReal, CW series Roswell New Mexico and Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, as well as the ABC Black•ish spinoff series, Mixed•ish.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter