Sports Widow: According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Mirkin will rewrite and direct Sports Widow a romantic comedy that Reese Witherspoon will star in and produce through her Type A Films production company for Universal Pictures.

The project's title refers to a woman who has lost her husband to televised sports events. In "Widow," Witherspoon would play one such wife who decides to take back her life and ends up one-upping her football-obsessed husband by becoming an expert on the sport.

Mirkin made his feature film directorial debut with Buena Vista's "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion." He also directed MGM's "Heartbreakers." "Widow" was originally penned by Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro. Type A's Jennifer Simpson also will produce. Holly Bario and Megan Gerard are overseeing for the studio. Mirkin began his career as a writer on TV's "Newhart" and "Three's Company" before writing and directing the Chris Elliott TV vehicle "Get a Life."

Brian B.