Shyer to pilot ‘747’ for Bel Air Entertainment

Pic based on soon-to-be published Sherwood novel

Director Charles Shyer has committed to helm “The Man Who Ate the 747” for Warner Bros.-based Bel Air Entertainment.

Bel Air plans to fully finance the picture.

Script was penned by Gwyn Lurie, based on a soon-to-be published novel of the same title by Ben Sherwood. Producers are Charles Shyer, Christina Steinberg, Jon Turteltaub and Lurie. Bel Air’s Steve Reuther will exec produce while the company’s Alex Schwartz will oversee the project.

Story revolves around a man who works for a company that issues a book of world records. He travels to a small town to verify the story of a man eating an airplane as a gesture of love for a local woman. When the record verifier finds himself losing his own heart to the same woman, he learns that life’s greatest records can’t be measured.

Shyer recently produced “The Parent Trap.” His directing credits include “Father of the Bride,” “I Love Trouble” and “Father of the Bride Part II.” Lurie is repped by Jim Rosen at the Broder Kurland Webb Uffner Agency and attorney Clifford Gilbert-Lurie at Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer.

Shyer is repped by AMG and WMA.

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