She's come a long way since playing daughter to Gérard Depardieu and Steven Seagal. Now Katherine Heigl is a full-blown movie star, thanks in part to her recent role in Knocked Up and soon to be confirmed with the rom-com 27 Dresses. So, now that she's a movie star she needs that thing that all movie stars have these days: her own production company. And now she's got one, which she co-founded with her mother/manager, Nancy Heigl. Apparently, it either hasn't been named yet or it wasn't revealed to The Hollywood Reporter, but the company does have an inaugural project lined up. But it doesn't have a name either. And its plot is -- big surprise -- top secret. All that is known about it is that it's an action-comedy, it was set up at Fox 2000, and Spyglass Entertainment (Evan Almighty) and Nash Entertainment (TV's Who Wants to Be a Superhero?) are co-producing.
It was Nash's Bob Kosberg (producer of Deep Blue Sea) and his former writing partner David Simon (In the Mood) who pitched the idea to Heigl, who will star as well as produce. The duo, who I'm imagining as being like Richard E. Grant and Dean Stockwell in The Player, actually approached the actress -- after pitching to her agent, of course -- during a Knocked Up press junket, where Heigl must have initially thought the guys were journalists (I expect some junket-attending blogger to attempt this plan of action now). From there the Heigls decided to start their own company and made a deal with Fox 2000 and Spyglass, the makers of 27 Dresses. It all seems so easy. While I can't imagine the actress being an action star, I'm curious to find out more about the project. It may be awhile, though, as the movie is still in the writer-search stage.