Shawn Levy to Direct Adaptation of 'This is Where I Leave You' Comedy
Director Shawn Levy didn't really become a big name until the Night at the Museum films, but now he's one of the busiest guys in Hollywood. He directed Real Steel in 2011, is wrapping up post-production on The Internship, the comedy that reunites Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, he has a sci-fi road trip movie on the way, along with an adaptation of the family adventure story 39 Clues and an island-set comedy with Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill called Aloha in the works too. Sheesh. Now Variety reports Levy is slated to take over directing duties from Adam Shankman (Rock of Ages) on the family comedy This is Where I Leave You.
Based on Jonathan Tropper's novel, the story is an ensemble piece about four siblings who come home to sit shiva after their father passes away, and what happens when they're trapped in the same house for a week. Jason Bateman, Leslie Mann, Zac Efron, Jason Sudeikis, and Malin Akerman were all in talks to star when Shankman was attached, and it remains to be seen if they'll stick around now that Levy is the one steering the ship, though Bateman is said to have bailed left around the same time as Shankman. Levy will co-write the screenplay with Tropper, as he's a huge fan of the books and has worked on other writing projects with Tropper in the past. The plan is to shoot next summer and for this to be Levy's next film, leaving the future of the Real Steel sequel up in the air.
And here's a bit of interesting trivia: Levy has directed over thirty titles in his career so far, going back to TV shows like "The Secret World of Alex Mack," "The Famous Jett Jackson," "Animorphs," and more. I had no idea he's been in the business that long, but with strong work on Real Steel and hopefully some more good stuff in the pipeline, it seems like he's really on a roll right now. Cool?