Producer takes on 9-year-old's advice guide

Twentieth Century Fox will rely on Shawn Levy to figure out “How to Talk to Girls.”

Last month the studio bought rights to the advice guide written by 9-year-old Alec Greven (Daily Variety, Dec. 9), and Levy will develop the project as a potential directing vehicle. He will produce it under his 21 Laps banner, with 21 Laps president Tom McNulty also to be involved in a producing capacity.

Greven began writing the book as an advice guide to help third-grade classmates vexed by the opposite sex.

What began as a pamphlet that sold for $3 has grown into a four-book series to be published by HarperCollins, which unveiled the first book in November.

“The intention is to make a warmhearted comedy, with a tone reminiscent of ‘Big,’ ” Levy told Daily Variety. Levy, who is readying “Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian” for Memorial Day weekend release, will begin production this spring on the comedy “Date Night,” to star Steve Carell and Tina Fey.

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