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In , following the success of The Parent Trap and her separation from Shyer, Disney's Touchstone Pictures chairman Joe Roth asked Meyers to reconstruct an original script named Head Games about a man who gains the power to hear everything women are thinking, an idea originally conceived by The King of Queens producers Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith. Following her divorce, Meyers wrote and directed the post-divorce comedy Something's Gotta Give , starring Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson as a successful something and something, who find love for each other at a different time of life, despite being complete opposites.

Nicholson and Keaton, aged 63 and 57 respectively, were seen as bold casting choices for leads in a romantic comedy, and 20th Century Fox , the film's original distributor, reportedly declined to produce the film, fearing that the lead characters were too old to be bankable. As a result, the film ended up as a co-production between Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros.

Meyer's next film was The Holiday , a romantic comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as two lovelorn women from opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, who arranges a home exchange to escape heartbreak during the Christmas and holiday season. Jude Law and Jack Black co-starred as their love interests. In , Meyers' It's Complicated was released. In , it was announced that Meyers was planning to direct The Chelsea , an ensemble dramedy set in the Chelsea Apartments in New York.

Based on a screenplay by daughter Hallie Meyers-Shyer , it was set to star Felicity Jones ; [40] the project failed to materialize however as Meyers was also finishing her own screenplay for The Intern , a comedy about the founder of a fashion based e-commerce company who agrees to a community outreach program where seniors will intern at the firm. When a budget could not be settled, Meyers decided to pre-package before going out to other studios and was able to start negotiations for both actors. In September , Meyers announced that her next self-directed project would see her reteaming with Steve Martin.

In , Meyers and Charles Shyer married in Rome. They had been in a relationship since They have two daughters, Annie Meyers-Shyer [47] and Hallie Meyers-Shyer , both of whom have had minor roles in their films. Meyers resides in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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MovieBytes: What are your respective backgrounds? Have you studied screenwriting? If so, where, and with whom? BP: I have been writing since middle school. Books and writing were my favorite escapes. I had amazing teachers and encouragement along the way. I entered NYU Tisch in their dramatic writing program in There, I began with stories and plays.

I studied with Dick Beebe there and he was remarkably cinematic. He first encouraged me to expand my work into screenplays. Later, when marriage, kids and life had me somewhat creatively "stalled," I went to Kristen Hanngi who helped get me "unstuck". CF: I started in this business as an actor and when I got insanely frustrated with the lack of dynamic parts for women, I started to write them myself. I started as a playwright and in the last few years have transitioned into novels and screenplays.

BP and CF: About six weeks. We processed much of it on long bike rides, which was a great side bonus. With two writers, we are constantly rewriting, so our "first draft" tends to be really our fifth or sixth. Once we were finished, we sent it out to a few very trusted readers, and employed the notes we liked.

Have you entered any other contests? BP and CF: We liked that there were a lot of reviews and emphasis on promoting the writers. The industry is a beast and we are two unrepresented writers living in Burbank. Any help cracking that nut is always welcome and appreciated. We have entered other contests and "The Last Bookstore" has performed really well. We always knew it was a special script but it wasn't until CWA that we really were able to shout it from the rooftops. It is a game-changer as far as our bankability and the script's draw. MovieBytes: Where do you go from here?

Do you have representation? How do you plan to market the script?

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We hope to co-ordinate any interest in "Bookstore" with the promotion of that and its festival runs. No, we don't have representation as a team and we are in need of it now more than ever. We have two other scripts that are starting to get a lot of attention -- "Joint Venture" - is the true story of an all female cannabis delivery service brought down in a sting operation, and "Scattering Rachel" is about a group of women who take their niece cross country to scatter their sister's ashes.

We also have two more comedies in the works which we plan to finish by the end of the year - our plate is FULL and we are ready to let some savvy, believer take a bite out of it!

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