Shiraki goes ‘Dancing’

Helmer takes on Persistent film

HOLLYWOOD — Ryan Shiraki is adapting and directing a film version of David Leavitt’s short story “Family Dancing” for Persistent Entertainment and Starboard Entertainment.

Story, first published in the New Yorker in 1983, revolves around a dysfunctional family forced to reunite for a graduation party.

The story became part of Leavitt’s first story collection, by the same name, which was a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award.

Pic will be produced by Judd Payne and Matthew Rhodes of Persistent and Barry Quart of Starboard.

“It’s a very character-driven, intergenerational drama told from the point of view of four family members, who range from 18 to 45,” Shiraki said. “It’s a piece that I think actors can really sink their teeth into.”

Shiraki, a former producer for “Saturday Night Live,” wrote “In the Pink” for Revolution and is currently penning a comedy for Focus Features.

His directorial debut, “Home of Phobia” — now titled “Freshman Orientation” — will be released this fall.

Persistent is in production on “Walker” and is prepping “Southland Tales.”

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