Jennifer Aniston, best known for portraying Rachel Green on the hit television sitcom Friends, is in talks for New Line Entertainment’s comedy Mean Moms. Based on Rosalind Wiseman’s book Queen Bee Moms and King Pin Dads: Dealing With the Parents, Teachers, Coaches, and Counselors Who Can Make — or Break — Your Child’s Future, this adult-themed comedy will be in the spirit of the “so fetch” 2004 Paramount comedy Mean Girls, also based on a Wiseman book: Queen Bees and Wannabees: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and the New Realities of Girl World.
The interest in Mean Moms, which is still seeking the final go ahead from the studio, follows recent successful New Line/Aniston collaborations like Horrible Bosses (and the sequel coming out in November) and We’re the Millers. Aniston will next appear in Dan Schechter’s Elmore Leonard adaptation Life of Crime and Peter Bogdanovich’s showbiz comedy Squirrels to the Nuts.
Similar to Mean Girls where a young girl moves from the remote Africa to a typical suburb and high school in Illinois, Mean Moms will follow a happily married mother of two (Aniston) whose family moves from a small town to a high class suburb where she must face the ruthless world of “competitive parenting.”
Beth McCarthy-Miller will be directing Mean Moms, which is expected to move forward quickly if Aniston’s deal goes through. The project was originally set up in 2010 with Adam Shankman (Hairspray), Jennifer Gibgot (Hairspray), and Jill Messick (Mean Girls) all producing for New Line. Horrible Bosses writers Sean Anders and John Morris are currently rewriting Mean Moms.