Binder bound to helm ‘Familymoon’

The 'Upside of Anger' helmer will direct the Walden Media family comedy

“The Upside of Anger” helmer Mike Binder has come on direct Walden Media’s family comedy “Familymoon.”

Written by “Family Guy” scribe Dave Collard, pic tells the story of a perpetual bachelor who marries a single mother of two. In lieu of a typical honeymoon, the newlyweds take her kids with them on a familymoon, where they discover that blending a family in paradise is no vacation.

Brad Epstein (“Dan in Real Life”) is producing the film, which will be co-produced by Rachel Zimmerman, Binder’s former assistant who has producing credits on his past two pics, both of which were produced under his Sunlight Prods. banner.

Collard’s script was purchased out of turnaround from Disney and casting will begin soon, with producers targeting an early 2012 start date. Walden Media CEO Michael Bostick and exec Evan Turner will oversee the project for the company, whose Frank H. Smith handled the deal.

Binder knows a thing or two about the subject matter, having previously directed the family dramas “The Upside of Anger” and “Reign Over Me,” as well as the vacation-themed pic “Indian Summer.” He also created and starred in HBO’s short-lived but critically acclaimed series “The Mind of the Married Man.”

Walden Media’s upcoming pics include “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” the education-themed drama “Learning to Fly,” Curtis Hanson’s surfing pic “Of Men and Mavericks” and the family comedy “Parental Guidance.”

Binder is repped by WME and 3 Arts Entertainment.

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