Just when it was starting to seem like maybe we were running out of affecting true stories on which to base our uplifting comedic melodramas, Emily Cook and Kathy Greenberg have found their inspirational, extremely-tanned muse on the sidelines of a Cincinnati Bengals game in Laura Vikmanis: NFL's current titleholder for oldest cheerleader. Cook and Greenberg--who wrote Gnomeo & Juliet and Ratatouille--have already pitched the idea of a movie based Vikmanis's story to the Richard and Lauren Shuler Donner's production company, where they were so chuffed about the idea of a 42-year-old woman dancing around with pom-poms that they took it to New Line. The studio, too, saw the potential in inspiring a generation of fit, bleach-blonde, near-menopausal women who feel trapped in the waiting-tables-at-Hooters rut, and have already set out to acquiring the cheerleader-that-could's life rights. Maybe this could be the next The Blind Side, after all!--as Greenberg was quick to remind us, saying:
It's really a feel good populist story in the vein of Blind Side. It's got more comedy to be sure, but it's an earnest story.
If they call it The Oldest Cheerleader, I'm in.