Aline Brosh McKenna

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Aline Brosh McKenna
McKenna at the 2008 Screenwriting Expo in the Los Angeles Convention Center
McKenna at the 2008 Screenwriting Expo in the Los Angeles Convention Center
Born Aline Brosh
(1967-08-02) August 2, 1967 (age 51)
France
Occupation Screenwriter
Nationality American
Alma mater Harvard University
Period Contemporary
Notable works The Devil Wears Prada
27 Dresses
Morning Glory
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Aline Brosh McKenna (born August 2, 1967) is a French-born American screenwriter and producer. She is known for writing The Devil Wears Prada (2006), 27 Dresses (2008), Morning Glory (2010) and We Bought a Zoo (2011), and for co-creating The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Early life[edit]

Brosch was born to a Jewish family[1][2] in France and moved with her family to New Jersey, where she lived variously in Fort Lee, Demarest and Montvale, and attended Saddle River Day School in Saddle River.[3]

She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University.[4]

Career[edit]

After graduating, McKenna moved to New York City to seek a job in publishing. While there, she did some freelance writing work.[4]

A script she wrote during a six-week course in screenwriting at New York University helped her get an agent, and, in 1991, she moved to Los Angeles.[4] By age 26, she had sold a comedy feature and a television pilot, and continued to write a number of feature and television scripts.[5] She also wrote an episode of Margaret Cho's sitcom All American Girl.[6]

However, it would be eight years until her first movie, 1999's Matthew Perry-Neve Campbell romantic comedy Three to Tango, was produced.[4]

In 2004, she wrote Laws of Attraction, starring Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore.[6]

She adapted Lauren Weisberger’s novel The Devil Wears Prada into the 2006's film of the same name, directed by David Frankel and starring Meryl Streep in a performance that would bring her 14th Academy Award nomination, Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt.[6] Though her first two produced features were both romantic comedies, McKenna has reiterated that The Devil Wears Prada is not, and has instead described it as 'competence porn', noting: 'The real love story is, she ends up with that newspaper, having understood the world better and having understood her naiveté better'.[6] The film earned McKenna a BAFTA nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.[7]

She wrote Katherine Heigl-starrer 27 Dresses in 2008.[6]

Her next produced movie was 2010's Morning Glory, starring Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton, followed shortly after by 2011's adaptation I Don't Know How She Does It, with Sarah Jessica Parker and Pierce Brosnan.[8] McKenna has jokingly referred to The Devil Wears Prada, Morning Glory and I Don't Know How She Does It as 'The Blackberry 3', a thematically-linked trio of films featuring women who see their Blackberries more than they see their own families.[5][9]

In the same year, McKenna wrote Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Benjamin Mee.[10]

In 2014, she wrote the musical comedy-drama Annie, directed by Will Gluck and with Quvenzhané Wallis in the title role. The film was a contemporary adaptation of the 1977 Broadway musical of the same name.[8]

McKenna returned to television in 2015, when she teamed up with singer and comedian Rachel Bloom to create the romantic musical comedy-drama Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. The show was originally developed for Showtime, with a half hour pilot produced. When Showtime opted not to proceed, McKenna and Bloom reworked the series for The CW, including expanding it into an hour-long format.[11] The CW renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on October 21, 2016,[12] and a third season, which premiered on October 13, 2017.[13] McKenna is the series' showrunner and an executive producer.[6]

In March 2017, McKenna inked a two-year overall deal with CBS Studios, the studio behind Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, to develop new projects for network and cable through her production company Lean Machine.[14] The following October, she teamed up with Rene Gube, a producer and recurring guest star on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, for a single-camera comedy called Big Men that has been set up at CBS.[15]

McKenna made her graphic novel debut in late 2017, working with artist Ramon Perez on Jane, a modern retelling of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel Jane Eyre. The graphic novel was produced by Boom! Studios.[16]

Scriptnotes[edit]

McKenna was the first ever guest on the screenwriting podcast Scriptnotes, hosted by John August and Craig Mazin. She made her debut on the show's 60th episode, a live event at the Austin Film Festival in October 2012.[17] She is, by a long distance, the podcast's most frequent guest, having made over two dozen appearances in subsequent years.[18] In recognition, Mazin christened her 'the Joan Rivers of Scriptnotes'.[19] McKenna guest-hosted the podcast for an episode in January 2014, filling in for Mazin.[20]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Three to Tango Co-writer Screenplay only, written with Rodney Patrick Vaccaro
2004 Laws of Attraction Co-writer Written with Robert Harling
2006 The Devil Wears Prada Writer Based on the novel The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

Nominated for BAFTA award for Best Adapted Screenplay

2008 27 Dresses Writer
2010 Morning Glory Writer
2011 I Don't Know How She Does It Writer, executive producer Based on the novel I Don't Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson
2011 We Bought a Zoo Co-writer Written with Cameron Crowe, based on the novel We Bought a Zoo by Benjamin Mee
2014 Annie Co-writer Written with Will Gluck, based on Annie by Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan

and Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 All-American Girl Writer Episode: "Young Americans"
2015-Present Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Co-creator, showrunner, executive producer, writer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hollywood's Famed Jewish Screenwriter Revamps Cinderella in New Disney Flick". Haaretz.com. December 3, 2017. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  2. ^ Bloom, Nate (December 22, 2011). "Jewish stars". Cleveland Jewish News. 
  3. ^ Salemi, Vicki. "Glorifying Jersey: A noted Hollywood screenwriter uses her Jersey roots to help inform her storytelling.", New Jersey Monthly, December 13, 2010. Accessed October 26, 2011. "“It’s definitely part of who I am,” says the Los Angeles-based scribe, who was born in France and moved with her family to Fort Lee when she was 6 months old. The family later moved to Demarest and then Montvale, where she lived from age seven until college. Brosh McKenna, now 43, attended Saddle River Day School, studied literature at Harvard and, after graduation, co-wrote A Co-Ed’s Companion with her college roommate."
  4. ^ a b c d "Making Movies with Aline Brosh McKenna". Working Mother. Retrieved 2018-01-08. 
  5. ^ a b Dominus, Susan (2011-08-25). "If Cinderella Had a BlackBerry..." The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "How Aline Brosh McKenna Reinvented the Romantic Comedy—for TV". The Ringer. Retrieved 2018-01-08. 
  7. ^ "'Queen' rules over BAFTA nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  8. ^ a b "Aline Brosh McKenna to Rewrite 'Annie' Remake". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  9. ^ ""Work-Coms": They're Rom-Coms, Only Light On The Romance". The Frisky. 2011-08-31. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  10. ^ "Matt Damon Circling Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo". MovieWeb. 2010-06-23. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  11. ^ Hahn, Kate (2014-10-21). "Showtime Mixes Internet Sensation Rachel Bloom With Seasoned Writer for 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'". Variety. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  12. ^ Porter, Rick (2016-03-11). "'The Flash,' 'The 100' and even 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' renewed: All 11 CW series picked up for 2016-17". TV By The Numbers. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  13. ^ Welch, Alex (2017). "'Arrow,' 'The Flash,' 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,' 'Jane the Virgin,' & more renewed by The CW". TV By The Numbers. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2017-03-16). "'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2017-10-17). "CBS Buys 'Big Men' Comedy From 'Crazy Ex's Aline Brosh McKenna & Rene Gube". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  16. ^ "'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Co-Creator Updates 'Jane Eyre' With Graphic Novel". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  17. ^ "Scriptnotes 60: The Black List, and a stack of scenes". johnaugust.com. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  18. ^ "Scriptnotes, 249: How to Introduce Characters". johnaugust.com. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  19. ^ "Transcript of Scriptnotes, Ep. 152". johnaugust.com. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 
  20. ^ "Scriptnotes, 128: Frozen with Jennifer Lee". johnaugust.com. Retrieved 2018-01-09. 

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