Listen up guys: in keeping with the theory that you’re all a bunch of uncouth and impolite good-for-nothings, Warner Bros is taking it upon themselves to teach you how to be proper gentlemen.
According to a report in Variety, the studio is developing a romantic comedy inspired by Emily Post’s “Etiquette”, the best-selling book of manners, mores, and morals (currently in it’s 17th edition), first published in 1922.
Still untitled, the story is described as “a My Fair Lady with the gender roles reversed.” It will revolve around a “prissy Emily Post manners coach who turns a rough-around-the-edges guy into a proper gentleman.” Similar to what Lisa tried with Groundskeeper Willy I imagine.
Now, I might be going out on a limb here, but methinks our heroine might be an uptight, ice-queen type who finds herself inexplicably drawn to the roguish charms of her new student. Perhaps she teaches him class and manners while he teaches her to loosen up and have a little fun? Hmm? It’s still a little early to tell, but I’ll be amazed if this turns out to be anything other than a typical cliché-ridden rom com that plays up every gender stereotype out there. But alas, I shouldn’t make such assumptions – it’s so unseemly.
Nick Osborne of Underground Films (whose upcoming credits include the Robert Pattinson flick Remember Me) wrote the initial treatment, and then rewrote after receiving cooperation and input from the Emily Post Institute, which is still run by the Post family. Warners picked it up and is said to have just closed a deal with the institute to develop the film. The project is now out to writers, who, one can only assume, will handle the work with the utmost respect and decency. Anything else would be uncivilized.