Studio sets Shyer to helm Hoffman laffer

New Line Cinema has set Charles Shyer to direct Dustin Hoffman in “Father Knows Less.”

Shyer, who last directed “Alfie” and who has explored domestic chaos in the “Father of the Bride” films, “Baby Boom” and “Irreconcilable Differences,” will team with Larry Spencer to rewrite the original script by Aline Brosh McKenna and then John August.

Hoffman will play a record industry mogul who finds himself stuck with the day-to-day affairs of his family when his wife leaves him. For help, he turns to the kids from his first marriage, the ones he neglected when he was building his music career.

Shyer and Spencer will be looking to ground the film and make it less of a broad comedy. They also will most certainly come up with a new title before production begins.

New Line execs Kent Alterman, Michele Weiss and Keith Goldberg are shepherding the pic.

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