Shawn Levy Set to Direct THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU

Real Steel director Shawn Levy is in negotiations to direct an adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper comedy novel This is Where I Leave You for Warner Bros. Adam Shankman (Hairspray) was previously set to direct the film with Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Malin Akerman, Zac Efron and Leslie Mann set to star. The project ended up being put on hold when Bateman and Shankman left the project.

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 Variety, Levy wants this to be the next movie he makes and plans to shoot it next summer. Shankman is still attached to produce the project. Tropper adapted his own book into a screenplay, he also adapted the script for the Harvey remake that Steven Spielberg was attached to direct at one point. 

There's no information on if the other previously cast actors are still attached to the film. 

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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