It was announced today that Jennifer Lopez (Monster in Law, Maid in Manhattan, Wedding Planner) will star in and produce the romantic comedy “Second Act” for STXfilms. The confirmation came from Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STXfilms, and Sam Brown, President of Production for the studio. STXfilms is a division of STX Entertainment.
Peter Segal (50 First Dates, Anger Management, Get Smart) will direct the film for the studio, which was developed by STX with Lopez from an idea conceived by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Justin Zackham. Written by Justin Zackham (The Bucket List, the FX Series “Lights Out”) and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, the project will be produced by Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Justin Zackham and Benny Medina.
According to the studio “Second Act” is a romantic-comedy in the vein of “Working Girl” and “Maid In Manhattan”. The story picks-up when a big-box store employee reinvents her life and her lifestyle and gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as a college degree. The film hopes to prove that it is never too late for a Second Act.
“When Jennifer, Elaine and Justin came to us with this idea, we loved it right away,” said Fogelson. “The premise of reinventing yourself and creating a career and life-defining second act is hugely relatable and aspirational. Jennifer’s talents as a film and television actress, producer and recording artist are legendary. She is a true global superstar and and we think she is perfect for this role. We are excited to add Second Act to an outstanding and growing portfolio of female-driven projects that we are building at STXfilms.”
“There are so many things I love about this project and script,” said Lopez. “People try to put women to sleep at a certain age. Second Act is a story that empowers the every woman to do more, to be more, and not limit their dreams. I am thrilled to partner with STX as they continue to create and empower the female audience.”
The project marks another significant female-driven title for STXfilms. The company’s next six releases (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Molly’s Game, Gringo, A Bad Moms Christmas, and The Happytime Murders) feature women in leading roles, and STXfilms recently announced a number of high-profile projects produced by and starring some of the most successful actresses working in the industry today, among them Anne Hathaway, Melissa McCarthy (The Happytime Murders), Amy Schumer (I Feel Pretty) and Michelle Williams (All The Money In The World directed by Ridley Scott).