Thesps look to join Adam Shankman's family drama
Jennifer Gibgot through their Offspring Entertainment shingle. Producers are aiming to start lensing in September. Zac Efron, Leslie Mann, Jason Bateman and Goldie Hawn are also in talks to join the cast. Project’s been in development at Warner Bros. since early 2009, when the studio acquired the screen rights to Jonthan Tropper’s novel with Greg Berlanti directing. Tropper’s book, published by Dutton, centers on a father who dies and requests that his highly dysfunctional and non-religious family sit Shivah for seven days. Shankman and Gibgot signed a first-look production deal with New Line last year. The siblings had already produced three pics for New Line — “Hairspray,” which Shankman helmed; “17 Again”; and “Going the Distance” — and are in post-production for New Line’s “Rock of Ages,” due out in June, and “Step Up 4,” due out in July from Summit. Akerman signed recently to play Blondie singer Debbie Harry in Randall Miller’s indie “CBGB,” the story of the influential New York music venue. She stars in “Rock of Ages,” in which she plays a reporter writing about Tom Cruise’s character, Stacee Jaxx. Thesp, who’s best known for starring in Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen,” recently appeared in David Wain’s “Wanderlust” and will soon be seen opposite Nicolas Cage in Simon West’s actioner “Stolen.” Akerman is repped by WME and Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management. Sudeikis is repped by CAA.