Baster: Fertility Comedy Starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman

Feb 5, 2009–Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman will star in the comedy “Baster,”  to be directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon, who previously teamed for the comedy “Blades of Glory.”  The screenplay by Allan Loeb (“21”) is based on Jeffrey Eugenides' short story “Baster,” which was first published in The New Yorker.

“The Baster” centers on a neurotic and insecure man (Bateman) who finds out his best friend (Aniston) wants to have a child through artificial insemination. He surreptitiously replaces her donor's semen with his own and is then forced to live with the secret that he is the child's father.

Bona Fide Productions Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, the team behind “Election” and “Little Miss Sunshine,” will produce and Mandate prexy Nathan Kahane will exec produce alongside Aniston and her Echo Films partner Kristen Hahn.

Project marks the second artificial insemination comedy this season. CBS Films is behind the Jennifer Lopez vehicle “Plan B.” Last year's comedy “Baby Mama,” also about a fertility-challenged woman, was a moderate box-office success for Universal Pictures, earning $64.3 million worldwide.

Aniston's most recent film, “He's Just Not that Into You,” opens Friday. She will also star in “Management” with Steve Zahn and Woody Harrelson, in May, and “Traveling” with Aaron Eckhart, in the fall.

Bateman, who co-starred in “Juno,” is also producing and will star in Universal's “The Remarkable Fellows,” which is based on his original idea. His upcoming films include the political thriller “State of Play” for Universal and Mike Judge's comedy “Extract.” He recently wrapped production in a supporting role in Ricky Gervais comedy “This Side of the Truth.”