Guidebook adaptations continue to be a hot trend in Hollywood right now. Whether it’s a book of dating advice, a la “He’s Just Not That Into You,” a pregnancy manual like “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” or a new baby book such as the upcoming “Eat, Sleep, Poop,” the studios appear to be scrambling for popular instructional texts to turn into movies (which typically wind up being romantic comedies).
The latest to be picked up, according to Variety, is “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment,” a 2009 self-help bestseller written by comedian and radio show host Steve Harvey. The author is also producing the adaptation, which will be scripted by newbie writers David A. Newman and Keith Merryman, who co-wrote the upcoming Cher and Christina Aguilera musical “Burlesque.”
Steve’s book is basically a guide for women, whom he claims are “clueless about men.” Soul icon Aretha Franklin agrees, as she’s quoted on the book’s back cover saying, “women should listen to Steve Harvey.” Hopefully Screen Gems, the studio behind the film version of “Act Like a Lady,” cast her in some kind of supportive encourager role.
I’m sure the film version will be a more balanced rom-com than just a blunt authority directed at a female audience. “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” was in book form targeted to women, but the movie starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey is an equal-gendered in its entertainment value. “Act Like a Lady” is described as a “battle-of-the-sexes project,” another indicator that the male lead will also be given a valuable lesson.
What do you think, will “Act Like A Lady” make a good movie or should it stay on the bookshelf?