Helmer in early talks to direct, produce family drama

Adam Shankman is going to “This Is Where I Leave You,” is in early negotiations to come on board to direct and produce the family drama for Warner Bros.

“This Is Where I leave You” will be produced by Paula Weinstein and Jeff Levine via their Spring Creek banner and Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot through their Offspring Entertainment shingle.

Jesse Ehrman is overseeing the project for Warners.

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.

After a career as a top Hollywood choreographer, Shankman made his directorial debut in 2001 with the Gibgot-produced “The Wedding Planner,” starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey. He also directed Mandy Moore starrer “A Walk to Remember” for Warner Bros. and “Cheaper by the Dozen 2″ for Fox.

Shankman’s also developing “The Nutcracker” for New Line with plans to direct and produce with Gibgot. He’s also been tapped to direct NBC’s untitled Hilary Winston single-camera pilot, from Sony TV and Jamie Tarses’ Fanfare and centering on a shy woman who, after being dumped by her fiance, leans on her co-workers to help her come out of her shell and plot her revenge.

Shankman also recently directed episodes of “Glee” and “Modern Family.”

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