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Adam Shankman Eyeing Former David Yates Drama 'This Is Where I Leave You'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist February 17, 2012 at 3:19PM

Well, Warner Bros seems eager to get this movie made. Initially Greg Berlanti was tapped to helm the pic before "This Is Where I Leave You" was offered up to David Yates last summer, as part of a handful of projects the studio was discussing with the director. But he's directing "Your Voice In My Head" next, with a potential gangster trilogy with Tom Hardy waiting in the wings. So, WB has moved on, and are eyeing a vastly different helmer for the gig.
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This Is Where I Leave You Adam Shankman

Well, Warner Bros seems eager to get this movie made. Initially Greg Berlanti was tapped to helm the pic before "This Is Where I Leave You" was offered up to David Yates last summer, as part of a handful of projects the studio was discussing with the director. But he's directing "Your Voice In My Head" next, with a potential gangster trilogy with Tom Hardy waiting in the wings. So, WB has moved on, and are eyeing a vastly different helmer for the gig.

Adam Shankman -- who is behind the camera for the upcoming '80s musical "Rock Of Ages" -- is now in early talks to take on the movie. Based on the acclaimed novel by Jonathan Tropper, the story centers on a patriarch who dies, having requested that his non-reglious, dysfunctional family sit Shivah for seven days. It's a dramedy of sorts, and would be a change in gear for the director who helmed "Hairspray" and "Bedtime Stories." While we're not exactly fans of his oeuvre, we could seem him doing a goob job here, and he has directed dramatic fare before ("A Walk To Remember," "Monk").

And if he does take it on, there are still a number of movies he has percolating, including a "Grumpy Old Men"/"Trading Places"-style picture with Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, as well as his revisionist "The Nutcracker." He's also taking the helm of a comedy pilot over at NBC. So we'll see how it all shakes out, but for now, Shankman is likely focused on getting "Rock Of Ages" across the finish line.

This article is related to: Adam Shankman, David Yates, This Is Where I Leave You


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