19 October 10
Find out more about successful American screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna, whose film credits include Morning Glory, The Devil Wears Prada and 27 Dresses.
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Relatively new to the industry but with a string of commercial successes to her name already, Aline Brosh McKenna is one of Hollywood’s current ‘It’ writers, with a particular finesse for romantic comedy.
A first feature credit on Three To Tango (1999) led to Laws Of Attraction (2004), starring Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan as high-powered divorce lawyers whose opinions on marriage are tested when, after a night of wild partying, they wake up married.
McKenna’s feature script for box-office hit The Devil Wears Prada (2006) was adapted from Lauren Weisberger’s novel about the hellish experience of a young woman hired as a personal assistant to a powerful fashion magazine editor. McKenna’s sharp and sassy screenplay was nominated for a BAFTA and a Writers Guild of America award.
She followed this success with an original script, 27 Dresses (2008), about a ‘perennial bridesmaid’ who battles with her feelings for her sister’s fiancé.
Her next film, the Roger Michell-directed Morning Glory (2010), follows an aspiring television producer who tries to revive a struggling morning show, in spite of its feuding anchors.
McKenna’s other forthcoming projects include an adaptation of Benjamin Mee’s memoir We Bought A Zoo, which Cameron Crowe is attached to direct. She’s also adapted Allison Pearson’s bestselling novel I Don’t Know How She Does It.
She’s currently working on a new version of Cinderella for Disney and an action-comedy with Mr & Mrs Smith writer Simon Kinberg, produced by JJ Abrams.