Clearly Dark Shadows couldn’t bring down The Avengers at the box office, but maybe Jennifer Lopez can. Her new pregnancy movie, What To Expect When You’re Expecting, arrives this Friday and the filmmakers behind it believe it’ll make the mommy crowd very happy.
“It was a real thrill putting this all-star cast together,” director Kirk Jones told us at a recent junket. “It all came together quite nicely and all of the couples in the film seem to be perfectly balanced.”
Indeed, Expecting’s credits read like a who’s who of Hollywood stars. Outside of JLo, the movie’s got Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Rodrigo Santoro and tons more. It’s also got a ton of great comedy moments, courtesy of co-star Chris Rock.
“I was very fortunate to have a lot of stars with improvisational backgrounds,” Jones added. “People like Chris Rock that is. It was a real thrill for me to sit back and watch him do his stuff.”
But Expecting is bringing a lot more than comedy to the screen. The film is actually based on a very popular pregnancy manual of the same name, which author Heidi Murkoff seemed thrilled about adapting for the big screen.
“I wrote What To Expect during my first pregnancy and I certainly never expected it to come this far,” she told us. “It’s been an adventure and it’s been a lot of fun! I’m not quitting my day job though, you can still expect plenty of more books!”
Kirk is also a proud parent, but interestingly was unaware of the book when he signed on to the film.
“I think I was the only person in the world who wasn’t aware of the book, even though I have three children,” he said. “I think it has something to do with the fact that I’m from the UK, though it’s very popular there too.”
We’re sure the book will become even more popular once the movie is released. You can see Kirk and Heidi’s handiwork (and plenty of Ms. Lopez) when What To Expect When You’re Expecting hits theaters this Friday.
By Michael Lopez