It makes sense when a dating guide is adapted into a romantic comedy (see How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and He's Just Not That Into You). But a pregnancy guide? This is the idea behind What to Expect When You're Expecting, a movie pitch based on the best-selling book for moms-to-be by Heidi Murkoff (with Sharon Mazel). According to Variety, screenwriter Heather Hach -- who just so happens to be pregnant herself -- was in a bit of a bidding war over the pitch, which finally sold to Lionsgate.

Because films like He's Just Not That Into You and the upcoming Valentine's Day have created a trend in ensemble rom-coms, What to Expect When You're Expecting will follow a whopping seven couples on their way to the maternity ward. Take that, single-couple comedy Nine Months! What I'm expecting is a finale that tops the one in Parenthood, in which I think every female character was either in labor or visibly preggars.

And if What to Expect is a big enough hit, expect to see the guide's sequel, What to Expect: The First Year, turned into a movie as well. Actually, let's just go ahead and count on that happening even if this first movie isn't successful, solely on account of how people will go see a movie just because it has cute babies in it. Murkoff has published another 11 books related to her original "pregnancy bible," including one book that could be developed as a prequel to Hach's film titled What to Expect Before You're Expecting.

Given her background as adapter of the Lindsay Lohan version of Freaky Friday and co-author of the book Freaky Monday, I'm actually looking forward to the ultimate sequel to this idea, What to Expect When You Become the Expected, in which a pregnant woman swaps bodies with her unborn child. Hilarity will ensue, let me tell you!
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