Banishment to Canada? Is that a fate worse than death? Ask Sandra Bullock these days, and she might say that she knows exactly what you're talking "aboot." The "Miss Congeniality" funny lady will soon begin filming "The Proposal," a romantic comedy that has her playing a "Devil Wears Prada"-esque diva suddenly confronted with her own illegal alien status. Faced with deportation to The Great White North, Bullock's character works up a scheme to create a sham marriage with her young assistant.
But what might set this flick apart from the rest is that it'll be produced by "Transformers" masterminds Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. "Proposal" was "written by a very talented writer named Pete Chiarelli," Orci told us this week while discussing the project alongside his fellow Autobots alumni, screenwriter Alex Kurtzman.
"It's basically a Billy Wilder movie," Orci said of the flick, making reference to the legendary "Sunset Boulevard" writer/director. "[It's about] a published writer and a younger assistant, who are forced into a situation where they have to pretend to be married in order for her not to get deported. "The straight comedy [in 'Proposal'] is Billy Wilder-style," laughed Orci, explaining that the comedy comes out of the conflict.
Stay tuned, say Orci and Kurtzman, because they'll soon be announcing the cast that will support Bullock in the flick. "We're still picking them," he revealed, saying the casting process is winding down. Written by "Terry Tate, Office Linebacker" creator Chiarelli, "The Proposal" is due to begin filming later this year, targeting a February 2009 release.