Disney is developing a romantic comedy called The Girlfriend Equation. The film will be based on a pitch that the studio acquired. Vince DiMeglio and Tim Rasmussen have been hired to write the story, which first appeared on Public Radio International’s This American Life. Pinay Films' Andrew Panay is producing with This American Life host Ira Glass serving as executive producer.
According to THR, The Girlfriend Equation is "loosely inspired by the true story of an MIT grad student who attempted to identify and woo the love of his life through complex math equations."
Panay has been developing a number of comedy projects at Disney. He and Underground Films has a teen comedy project called Something Cliqued in the workd. He's also developing Father Figures, a comedy spec script by Laurie Craig about a father and stepfather who misplace their son.
DiMeglio and Rasmussen have experience with romantic comedies, they wrote the Robin Williams-John Krasinski starrer License to Wed as well as Marmaduke. They also have the comedy Father of the Brides set up at Warners with David Dobkin attached to direct. Panay is also producing that later.
I am not a huge fan of romantic comedies. What are your thoughts on this news?