The film is titled “The Low Self-Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie,” and was described thusly by the trade: “The story centers on a woman whose lack of self-worth has limited her choice in men to losers. When she is about to hit the bottom of the barrel, life takes an unexpected turn when she is pursued by the hottest guy ever.”
The script, which Mindy wrote with Brent Forrester, appeared on the Black List (Hollywood’s roll call of the best unproduced scripts) in 2009, which speaks to its quality, but there are plenty of other clues that lead us to believe this could be The Next Great Rom-Com.
First, rather obviously, is the star power of Anne Hathaway, whose career in the early aughts was built playing slightly awkward, girl-next-door types (we’re looking at you Mia Thermopolis). Though she’s anything but an ugly duckling, Anne’s gamine looks lend themselves to both sexy seductresses (Catwoman) and Everywomen (Liz in “Bride Wars”).
One can’t really go wrong casting Anne in his/her movie, but the most promising aspect of this project for us has to Mindy’s contribution. Though only two episodes into her Fox series, we’re slightly obsessed with the comedy, which is funny and sweet without verging on the saccharine. And if you tuned into the pilot, you know Mindy is obsessed with romantic comedies, most notably the films of the late Nora Ephron, which include “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve Got Mail.” In fact, in a remembrance of the screenwriter, Mindy said she was one of her biggest inspirations.
“Nora Ephron has been the single most influential person to me as an artist,” Mindy wrote. “It is one thing to be a talented writer—which she was, obviously—it is quite another to be a person who created and curated worlds that I (and millions and millions of other people) wanted to disappear into. Her characters were smart, funny, neurotic, but always hopeful. Hopefulness is everything.”
Though we’d never expect a carbon copy of Nora’s winning work, a script in the Ephron tradition, penned by Mindy, would be a much-welcomed (not to mention, needed) addition to the rom-com canon.
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