Author Jonathan Tropper sells pitch to studio; Shawn Levy to produce
Best-selling author Jonathan Tropper has sold a pitch to DreamWorks Studios about the closing of the last Kodachrome photo lab in Kansas and has also been tapped to write the script.Tropper recently adapted Steve Martin’s novel “The Pleasure of My Company” for Levy and 20th Century Fox, as well as his own novel “This Is Where I Leave You” for Warner Bros. He previously worked with DreamWorks on a contemporary adaptation of Mary Chase’s play “Harvey” that Steven Spielberg was once slated to direct. Shawn Levy and Dan Levine of 21 Laps Entertainment will produce along with Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Eric Robinson of the Gotham Group. Untitled pic is being eyed as a potential directing vehicle for Levy, who recently wrapped production on the studio’s upcoming Hugh Jackman-starrer “Real Steel,” which opens Oct. 7. Story is inspired by a recent New York Times article about Kodachrome-using photographers who flooded a small midwestern town in order to process their undeveloped film before the images would be lost forever. Tropper is repped by UTA, while ICM reps the New York Times.