Though I'm far from a successful woman, I do know that men often shy away from dating a powerful woman for fear they will might lose the upper hand -- especially those men who feel they should be the ones who bring home the bacon, while it's the woman's job to take care of the household. Granted, I am not one of those men ... but they are out there and New Line wants to explore this scenario a bit more. The studio has picked up an untitled comedy pitch from writing partners Tara Miele and Kristine Skeie, and set up the project with Jon Shestack Prods.; this is the second deal with New Line for Shestack, after he recently set up Ghosts of Girlfriends Past as part of a first-look deal with the studio.
Partially based on "recent scientific studies" (that show it's more difficult for a successful woman to nab the right guy versus someone lower down on the totem poll), story revolves around a high-level executive who is so desperate to land the man of her dreams that she pretends to be her own secretary in order to achieve the goal. It sort of reminds me of Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, only reversed, and the stakes here don't seem quite as high. What's the worst that can happen? Someone realizes she's pretending to be her own secretary in order to find a boyfriend, so she's canned and sent to the loony bin? I just hope they don't cast some beautiful woman and then expect us to believe she can't get a date because she's "too intimidating." Please -- throw a few drinks in a guy and he could care less whether she was President or dressed up as Goofy on weekends.