Shawn Levy Takes Over For Adam Shankman To Direct This Is Where I Leave You
Director Shawn Levy is still hard at work on his latest feature, the Owen Wilson-Vince Vaughn comedy The Internship, but that doesn't mean he's not still making plans for the future. The filmmaker has been selected and is now in negotiations to helm This Is Where I Leave You, a new comedy based on the book by Jonathan Tropper.
Variety says that Levy actually isn't the first person to have the gig. Originally Adam Shankman (Rock of Ages, Hairspray) was going to helm with Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Malin Akerman, Zac Efron and Leslie Mann all playing roles. When the project fell into development hell at Warner Bros. both Shankman and Bateman dropped out of the project, paving the way for Levy to head up the production. The status of the other actors will depend on scheduling and availability. Greg Berlanti (Life as We Know It) was also attached to helm at one point.
The project has been in development since 2009 and tells the story of a "highly dysfunctional and non-religious family" that is forced to sit Shivah at the request of their dead father.For those unfamiliar with the Jewish tradition, Shiva is when the immediate family members of a deceased person gather together in one house for a seven day period and invite visitors to come pay their respects.
Levy has a number of projects on his radar now in addition to this film. In recent months its been reported that he is attached to develop the Sesame Street movie, a Post-Apocalyptic Road-Trip Rom-Com, The 39 Clues, and Fox's Pinocchio. That said, apparently Levy is making This Is Where I Leave You a priority. The trade says that he will make the film once he has completed The Internship and plans to start production next summer after working on the script with Tropper.
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