Since 2005, we’ve watched Katherine Heigl succeed and fall apart in equal
measure as Dr. Isobel “Izzie” Stevens on Grey’s Anatomy. Before that, she ran around
New Mexico in Roswell from 1999–2002. We’ve also seen her on
the big screen this summer, in the comedy hit Knocked
Up. We’ll see her again this winter in the romantic comedy
27 Dresses. Now, our dear Izzie is adding
another notch to her belt: film
Actually, she’s held an executive producer credit before, in 2005’s
Side Effects. She also starred in that one, which is the
plan again. The difference this time is that she and her manager
mother, Nancy Heigl, have actually set up shop as a
production company. All parties involved are mum on the plot details, but they are saying it will be an action comedy vehicle written for
When I think action comedy, I think about films like Lethal
Weapon, Romancing the Stone, Mr. & Mrs. Smith
and Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen.
And according to Wikipedia, I’m pretty close. It defines an action
comedy as a “mixture of action and comedy usually based on mismatched
partners (the standard “buddy film” formula) or unlikely setting. The
action comedy subgenre was revitalized with the popularity of the
Lethal Weapon series of movies in the 1980s and 1990s.
Bad Boys and Rush Hour serve as other examples.”
Translation: boys and their toys and things that go bang, with some
jokes thrown in for good measure. Obviously, the girls do get to play
on occasion — think Rosie O’Donnell in Another
Stakeout — but we’re usually the sidekick or the romantic plot
device. Rarely do we manage to hold our own, much less kick a little
tail. Angelina Jolie is the exception rather than
The question then becomes, "What will Ms. Heigl produce?"
Izzie as an action star makes me all tingly inside. With the plot
being kept all hush-hush, I think it is only fair that we offer a few
choice suggestions. I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.
1. Cagney & Lacey
Look, she can play Cagney and she can play Lacey! With all the TV
shows that have managed to find their way to the big screen, am I the
only one who would love to see an updated version of my first real
2. V.I. Warshawski
I’m likely one of the few who really enjoyed this movie. I know
I’m one of the few who actually saw it in the theater. I can’t help
myself. I get sucked in by Kathleen Turner‘s sexy
voice. Now imagine Heigl embodying the smart-aleck private eye. What
can I say? I’m a sucker. I’d go watch Warshawski again.
3. Kate Delafield
Yes, Heigl might be a little young to re-create the former Marine
and veteran from Katherine V. Forrest‘s books, but wouldn’t it be fun to
see her try?