Marley & Me’s $140 million gross may have finally earned Jennifer Aniston some big-screen respect. The actress (who costars in this weekend’s new movie He’s Just Not That Into You and has two more films coming out in 2009, Management with Steve Zahn and Traveling with Aaron Eckhart) will begin shooting the new romantic comedy The Baster opposite Jason Bateman in less than two months. The film, from directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon (Blades of Glory) is from a screenplay by Allan Loeb (21), based on the short story Baster by Jeffrey Eugenides (Middlesex). Baster follows the neurotic Wally Mars, who finds out his best friend Kassie wishes to have a child through artificial insemination. He replaces her donor’s semen with his own and is then forced to live with the secret that he is the child’s real father.
This marks the second comedy about fertility to be announced this week. CBS Films announced Monday that Alan Poul (Swingtown) is in final negotiations to direct Plan B with Jennifer Lopez.