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Shawn Levy tapped for Warners comedy

Takes over for Adam Shankman on 'This is Where I Leave You'

After putting comedy “This Is Where I Leave You” in a holding pattern while figuring out a way forward, Warner Bros. appears to have found its track, as the studio is in final negotiations with Shawn Levy to direct.

The original idea was to have Adam Shankman direct with Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Malin Akerman, Zac Efron and Leslie Mann starring. But project went into limbo when Bateman and Shankman fell off prompting the studio to pursue Levy as a director.

Paula Weinstein and Jeff Levine also produce via their Spring Creek banner. Since everyone’s schedule would have to be worked out, it’s not clear whether the original cast will be available.

Project’s been in development at Warner Bros. since early 2009, when the studio acquired the screen rights to Jonathan 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.

Levy, a huge fan of the book since its release, worked with Tropper on a couple scripts, including his untitled Kodachrome project. Sources tell Variety that Levy wants to make this his next movie with plans to shoot next summer and will shortly take on a quick revise of the script with Tropper.

The WME repped Levy is currently in post on the Fox comedy “The Internship,” starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn.

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