Since its publication in 1992, James Gray's book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus has become permanent part of pop culture -- in addition to being one of the best selling books of the past 20 years. Copies have even shown up in films like Clueless and Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason. But now the relationship advice guide could become a movie itself, via Summit Entertainment. The studio has picked up worldwide film and TV rights to the original property, as well as the franchise of books, DVDs and coaching seminars it spawned.

The first development will be a romantic comedy adapted from the book, adding to the trend started by He's Just Not That Into You and continuing with in-development films of multiple dating, pregnancy and child rearing guides. In a joint statement, producers Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun said, "While men and women may never truly speak the same language, we're thrilled to explore their perpetually hilarious, painful and romantic conflicts on the big screen."

The duo primarily works in television -- she was an executive producer on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, while their production company currently has the nursing drama Mercy on NBC and the reality series Is She Really Going Out With Him? on MTV -- and we're sure to see a quick spin-off hit the small screen following the release of the (first) movie. Ten years ago, there was already a short-lived talk show based on Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus hosted by Cybill Shepherd. Another adaptation that Gray handled himself was a 1997 Broadway musical that later hit the stage in Las Vegas.

Now, I only wonder if Summit also plans for an R-rated sequel, based on the sex guide Mars and Venus in the Bedroom.
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