May 18th, 2012
11:00 AM ET
For those who've never flipped through it, the book "What to Expect When You're Expecting" is exactly what it sounds like: a detailed guide mainly focused on the changes and events a woman can expect while pregnant.
But starting this weekend, that parenting staple is also a new movie release. Somehow, the screenwriters have adapted the reference book into an ensemble comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock and "Glee's" Matthew Morrison.
It might sound like a silly idea, but when you consider how nicely both Steve Harvey's dating how-to "Think Like A Man," and another advice book adaptation, "He's Just Not That Into You," played at the box office, clearly there's some money to be made here.
And so we've outlined five books that, while on the surface are nothing more than self-help titles and guidebooks, are really scripts just waiting to be written and turned into a star-filled film.
Aspiring screenwriters of America, you can thank us later.
Here are our five titles (plus an honorable mention) that we think could easily be spun into movies - have any other suggestions? Leave 'em in the comments!
1. "The Five Love Languages" - This is really a no-brainer. An ensemble comedy featuring five couples,some married and some not, who are having major issues with their romances. By the end of the movie, each couple, through a series of comical miscommunication and mishaps, discovers which language their relationship needs to survive. At least two couples will swap partners, because that's the way it works.
2. "What to Expect The First Year" - We don't have to spell this out, do we? Obviously this is the sequel to "What to Expect When You're Expecting," except with a bigger cast and more ham-it-up diaper changing scenes.
3. "Who Moved My Cheese?" - We don't know why, but we can so see Steve Carell starring in this adaptation about a rigid 40-something fellow who learns, through a series of humorously difficult circumstances, how to finally embrace change.
4. "The Elements of Style" - Charming but inept hotshot writer secretly hires a strict, grammar-obsessed English teacher to help him land a promotion - which he does land, while also landing a relationship with her. Of course.
5. "What Your First Grader Needs to Know" - Precocious six-year-old with eccentric parents learns lessons about life, love and growing up both inside and outside of the classroom. Bonus if Zooey Deschanel can play the quirky first-grade teacher.
"Go the F*** to Sleep" - The audiobook's already been narrated by one of the coolest mother[expletive]s in showbiz, Samuel L. Jackson, so it's only a matter of time before this is woven into an Apatow-esque comedy of 30-something parents who make hilarious yet poor parenting decisions.
(No really, an adaptation is only a matter of time - Fox 2000 has already picked up the rights to the popular if not controversial "children's book for adults.")
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