Jason Bateman, Zac Efron, Goldie Hawn, and Leslie Mann are all in talks to join the Warner Bros. comedy This Is Where I Leave You. The movie is an adaptation of a novel written by Jonathan Tropper, and it's being directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray). Apparently there's a lot of other talent interested in joining the ensemble project as well.
The story follows "four siblings who come home to sit ‘shiva’ for their deceased father. They are trapped in the house for seven days, and all the skeletons are bared." According to Deadline, Hawn "is in talks to play the clan’s mother. Bateman, Efron and Mann will play siblings."
Tropper adapted his own book into a screenplay, he also adapted the Harvey remake that Steven Spielberg was attached to direct as one point. Bateman tends to get involved with really good movies, so I'm hoping this turns out well. It's been a long ass time since we saw Hawn in anything! The last thing she did was The Banger Sisters in 2002, and I never saw it. I guess there aren't many roles out there for her these days.
Here's the full description of the book:
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.
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