Variety reports that Legendary Entertainment will be the latest studio attempting to turn John Gray’s bestselling self-help book Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus—the text that suggests that men and women are so fundamentally different that they evolved in two entirely different planetary ecosystems, presumably with two very different attitudes toward, like, not pissing on the toilet seat—into a film. The studio acquired the rights from Gray this week, and actually intends to make at least two movies: one for the Western market, and one for its Chinese audiences, who are apparently huge fans of Gray’s cosmic approach to romance.

This isn’t the first time MAFMWAFV—pronounced “MAFMWAFV”—has been approached as source material for a movie. Back in 2012, Lionsgate tapped Reese Witherspoon for a starring role in its film adaptation of the manual, an attempt to follow in the footsteps of other dating-guides-turned-modest-hits like He’s Just Not That Into You and How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days. The project ultimately failed—probably because of a lack of communication, which is just, so key, you guys—and the rights reverted back to Gray.

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