Throughout the past few days, we’ve been bringing you updates on pretty much every upcoming project on director/producer Shawn Levy’s plate from his recent interview with Steve. We’ve already run what Levy had to say about a Real Steel sequel, Frankenstein, Fantastic Voyage and Interns, The Ten Best Days of My Life starring Amy Adams and Home Movies, and just yesterday we shared Levy’s updates on the animated re-imagining Kong, and his adaptations of The Devil You Know and Fancy Nancy with Tina Fey.
Today we’ve got Levy’s comments on Table 19 (described as The Breakfast Club with adults at a wedding being written by Jeffrey Blitz), the intimate family drama Kodachrome, and a disappointing status update on Mr. Men. Additionally, Levy clarifies that Family Album was a pilot he directed last year that was not picked up, and he talks briefly about an adaptation of Steve Martin’s novel The Pleasure of My Company. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
While he’s currently busy putting the finishing touches on the 80s musical Rock of Ages, director Adam Shankman looks to have lined up his next project. Variety reports that Shankman is in early negotiations to produce and direct an adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s novel This Is Where I Leave You. The book tells the story of a dysfunctional family that is forced to reunite when their father requests they sit Shivah for seven days following his death. The drama has been in development with Warner Bros. for quite a while, and was one of the films David Yates was considering following the conclusion of the Harry Potter series.
Shankman hasn’t taken on dramatic-skewing material since 2002’s A Walk to Remember, but he has plenty of experience with family-centered stories. I enjoyed the hell out of Hairspray, but it’ll be interesting to see if he can scale things back for a more intimate drama without veering into sappy territory. He recently signed on to direct a new iteration of The Nutcracker, but WB is hoping to start production on This is Where I Leave You late this summer so The Nutcracker may be a ways off. Hit the jump to read a synopsis of Tropper’s novel.
Lest you thought Hollywood was out of film ideas based on objects (Stretch Armstrong, Quija, etc.), DreamWorks has just made a preemptive deal on a pitch about the demise of Kodachrome photography. However, this film isn’t entirely based on Kodak’s film. The pitch-deal includes the rights to a New York Times article about the closing of the last lab that processed Kodachrome film, signaling the final nail in the coffin of the development system that was replaced by digital cameras. Fans from all over the country traveled to the Kansas lab to develop their film one last time.
Deadline reports that the idea will be repurposed for the film, making it a father-son road trip story following the duo’s trek across the country to reach the lab and process their last remaining photos before they’re gone forever. The film is being produced as a potential directing vehicle for Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum), with Jonathan Tropper writing the script. Levy is currently finishing up post-production on the Hugh Jackman-starred action flick Real Steel. Now, good luck getting Paul Simon’s “Kodachrome” out of your head for the next few hours.
Steven Spielberg has committed to his next directorial feature, and no it isn’t going to be that Abraham Lincoln movie. In a surprising move the director has announced, via press release, that he will helm an adaptation of the classic Jimmy Stewart film “Harvey”. More after the jump…