The Dog Walker: According to Variety, Universal Pictures has acquired "The Dog Walker," the new novel by former Dell editor-in-chief Leslie Schnur.

The film will be adapted by How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days scribes Kristen Buckley and Brian Regan and produced by Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Type A Films partners Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Simpson.

Since the project is a romantic comedy revolving around a young woman, Witherspoon will get first crack at the title role of a gal who's laid off from her publishing job and fills in for a pal who walks dogs for the Gotham elite. Gig allows her to snoop through their apartments, observe their lives and figure out what she wants to do with hers.

Brian B.