The actress will play a recently separated mother who strikes up an affair with a teenager boy who has recently moved to the neighborhood. When her own son befriends this inappropriate love interest, things take a turn for the worse, and the mother tries to abruptly end the relationship. This does not work out so well for any of the individuals involved.
xXx and The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen is in talks to direct the film from a script by Barbara Curry. Jason Blum will be producing as part of his first-look deal with Universal Pictures, who will distribute the thriller.
Jennifer Lopez will begin shooting in the fall, before her return as a guest judge on American Idol begins in January.
The Boy Next Door will be shot on an extremely low budget, between $3 and $4 million, following Jason Blum's recent summer smash The Purge, which was made on a similar budget and went onto triple its costs at the box office. His next film will be Insidious Chapter 2, which is expected to be as successful when its released in theaters this fall.