Alison Brie doesn’t look like she knows much about being companionless (and I mean that in the best of ways), but in the eyes of New Line Cinema, she’s apparently perfect to teach everyone else “How to Be Single”.
The comedy-focused distributor, hot on the heels of scoring the box-office jackpot with “We’re the Millers”, is looking to maximize its profits by reinvesting a big chunk of that dough in an entire slate of funny movies.
Melissa McCarthy vehicle “Tammy”, the 15-years-too-late “Dumb & Dumber sequel” and “Horrible Bosses 2” are leading the pack, followed by “How to Be Single”, tentatively scheduled for a February 2016 launch.
Besides Community alum and Mad Men regular Alison Brie, the 2016 chick flick also stars Lily Collins, who I’m guessing is extremely keen on shedding the ingénue juvenile image consolidated by “Mirror Mirror” or “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”.
Based on a Liz Tuccillo (Sex and the City, “He’s Just Not That Into You”) novel, “How to Be Single” clearly targets a more mature audience, albeit Hollywood may well change that. After all, the book’s heroine is 37 years old, and Alison Brie… is not. In fact, she still looks like a college student to me.
Freed from constant network TV duties, the lovely young actress is seeing her big-screen star shine brighter than ever, thanks to high-profile roles opposite Jason Sudeikis in “Sleeping with Other People”, Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell in “Get Hard”, and Krysten Ritter in “Search Party”. Sounds like Annie Edison finally found the perfect major.