Reese Witherspoon Keeps Moving Forward, Turns Moviemaking Lens Toward Sports World

Adam Pockross
Movie Talk

You know how you put the past behind you? By putting good things in your future.

Although Reese Witherspoon’s recent run-in with the law cannot be ignored, it should also be noted that in a celebrity-obsessed culture that seemingly subsists on the embarrassing antics of actresses, 37-year-old Witherspoon has survived nearly half her lifetime in the biz with a nearly untarnished reputation, sans wardrobe malfunctions or politically incorrect statements. As such, after she and husband Jim Toth were arrested and briefly jailed in Atlanta, GA -- an incident for which the actress is “deeply embarrassed” -- Witherspoon is back to doing what she does best: making movies with broad audience appeal and charm.

In addition to her work in the upcoming drama “The Good Lie,” which she was spotted filming this week, the Oscar-winner is in talks to star in an Americanized big screen adaptation of British journalist Lynne Truss’s bestselling memoir, “Get Her Off The Pitch.”

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Deadline reports that Witherspoon will serve as star and producer of the project with partner Bruno Papandrea and their Pacific Standard production company. Fox 2000, which is also backing another Witherspoon-starrer “The Engagements,” will distribute.

According to Deadline’s report, “Get Her Off The Pitch,” has been retitled “Depth of Field." Screenwriter J. Mills Goodloe, who happened upon Truss’s memoir in an Australian bookstore, decided to adapt it for American audiences. The story revolves around Truss’s later-in-life discovery of and appreciation for the wide world of sports and how being initially forced to cover sports for the UK’s “Times of London” newspaper had an unexpectedly positive influence on her life and relationships.