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.