Screen Gems to turn book into feature

Screen Gems has acquired rights to turn comedian Steve Harvey’s book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” into a feature.

Harvey wrote the humorous book of advice for women seeking to better understand their male counterparts, an exercise inspired by a segment on Harvey’s syndicated morning radio show.

Will Packer will produce, and Harvey will be exec producer. Screen Gems prexy Clint Culpepper will begin canvassing writers to hear different pitches for an ensemble comedy about romantic relationships. Culpepper first worked with Harvey when the latter acted in “You Got Served.””Steve has always provided an easily relatable perspective on men, the way they view women and their seemingly complex but surprisingly simple emotional needs,” Culpepper said. Culpepper and Packer flew to Dallas on Sunday to close the deal with Harvey.

Packer recently produced “Obsessed,” is shooting “Takers” and prepping a remake of “The Big Chill” for Screen Gems.

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