We have word that Shawn Levy (Real Steel) is stepping in to direct the ensemble comedy, This Is Where I Leave You as a replacement for Adam Shankman (Rock of Ages). Shankman was attached to the Warner Bros. film as recently as this past summer, but he departed the picture along with star Jason Bateman. The studio then put the picture in limbo, but have recently entered final negotiations with Levy to direct. The original cast also featured Jason Sudeikis, Malin Akerman, Zac Efron and Leslie Mann, but it’s not yet clear whether their schedules can accommodate the shoot. Hit the jump for more.
Variety reported that Levy will take over directorial duties for Warner Bros.’ This Is Where I Leave You. It looks like Levy will make this his next film and plans to shoot next summer after a quick revision of the script. Based on the best-selling Jonathan Tropper novel, the comedy centers on a dysfunctional family that is forced to reunite when their father requests they sit Shivah for seven days following his death.
Read the synopsis for the book below.
The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family-including Judd’s mother, brothers, and sister-have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd’s wife, Jen, whose fourteen-month affair with Judd’s radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public.
Simultaneously mourning the death of his father and the demise of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch’s dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family.
As the week quickly spins out of control, longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed, and old passions reawakened. For Judd, it’s a weeklong attempt to make sense of the mess his life has become while trying in vain not to get sucked into the regressive battles of his madly dysfunctional family. All of which would be hard enough without the bomb Jen dropped the day Judd’s father died: She’s pregnant.
This Is Where I Leave You is Jonathan Tropper’s most accomplished work to date, a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind-whether we like it or not. [Amazon]