How Monte Carlo Went From an Adult Nicole Kidman Comedy to a Tween Selena Gomez Flick

In 2007, Thomas Bezucha was hired to rewrite and direct an adaptation of the Jules Bass novel Headhunters for Nicole Kidman, because Fox wanted something in the vein of his 2005 Sarah Jessica Parker hit The Family Stone. The book was about three suburban American women who visit Europe and pretend to be heiresses to snare rich husbands, and his marching orders were to make an adult comedy for Kidman and two other grown-up actresses: maybe Sandra Bullock? How about Julia Roberts? And here he is, four years later, with his mature project opening tomorrow … only now it's called Monte Carlo and stars Disney starlet Selena Gomez, Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy, and Glee's Cory Monteith. "This was supposed to be my kiss to Blake Edwards or Stanley Donen," laughs Bezucha. "The joke is that I ultimately made The Lizzie Maguire Movie: Part II — having never seen the first one."


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