Paramount Pictures recently picked up the rights to Elizabeth Gilbert'smemoir Eat, Pray, Love for Pretty WomanJulia Roberts to star. I know Pretty Woman was a long time ago but it meant a lot to me, ok? Besides, who doesn't love a "hooker with a heart of gold" story? I know I do. And remember that scene when Richard Gere showed her the box with the necklace in it and then closed the lid on her hand so she jumped and then they both laughed? Priceless.

Actually, Eat, Pray, Love has almost nothing to do with Pretty Woman except Julia Roberts so let's move on, shall we? The big screen version of Eat, Pray, Love will be written and directed by Nip/Tuck creator Ryan Murphy, who is starting to make quite a name for himself taking these types of books to the big screen. His two most recent efforts, Running with Scissors, based on the memoir by Augusten Burroughs and Dirty Tricks, adapted from the book by Martha Mitchell, wife of former Nixon White House Chief of Staff John Mitchell, seem to indicate the writer/director has a soft spot for real-life people in real-life situations.

Too bad Murphy wasn't around to direct Roberts in Erin Brockovich; that might have been a really interesting film. Although, it's hard to fault the great job done by Steven Soderberg. Actually, if you think about it, Soderberg seems to like bringing books and real-life characters to the screen just like Murphy does. This is especially apparent when you look at a film like Erin Brockovich and his more recent directing work, the film Guerrilla, which is all about real-life rebel leader Ché Guevara and stars Benecio Del Toro as Ché. Maybe these guys are on to something. Maybe real life is more interesting than I think it is.

Anyway, the story of Eat, Pray, Love is pretty simple and follows the standard arc for fare of this type. It centers around Gilbert, who thought she had the perfect husband, the perfect apartment and the perfect life. Then, as she is trying to get pregnant and fit the final piece into the puzzle that is her "American Dream" she runs into a little problem when she realizes her life isn't actually quite so perfect after all.

So, she decides to take a serious detour and try to change her life for the better. After a messy divorce she embarks on the proverbial "journey of self-discovery" to see what her life is really supposed to be. Plus, I'm sure there must be some eating, praying and loving along the way too. I hope so or that title doesn't make any sense at all.
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