Spyglass gets ‘Christmases’

Shankman to helm, Gould to rewrite script

Spyglass Entertainment is producing the holiday comedy “Four Christmases,” to be distribbed by Columbia Pictures, with Adam Shankman attached to direct.

Howard Gould has been hired to rewrite the script, originally penned by Matt Allen and Caleb Wilson.

Spyglass principals Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber will produce the pic with production president Jonathan Glickman. Senior VP of production Derek Evans, who brought the project to the company, will co-produce and oversee the project for Spyglass.

Project will be Spyglass’s first at Sony, where it began a non-exclusive co-financing and production deal last month after being housed at DreamWorks since 2002 and, previously, at Disney since 1998.

“We’ve hit the ground running with Gary and Roger and the entire team at Spyglass, and we are very excited about ‘Four Christmases’ as our inaugural project together,” said Amy Pascal, chair of Columbia Pictures and vice chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment. “We previously worked with Adam Shankman on ‘The Wedding Planner,’ and we think he is the perfect director for this film.”

Col prexy of production Matt Tolmach added, “We’ve had great success with Adam in the past. We think he’s incredibly talented and has the perfect sensibility for this project.”

“Christmases” tells the story of a young couple, each of whose parents have divorced and married other people. This leaves the newlyweds with four parental households to visit over the course of Christmas Day.

Spyglass bought the script on spec for $650,000 against $1 million in June.

Company recently completed principal photography on “Connie & Carla,” starring Nia Vardalos and Toni Collette, and on “Mr. 3000,” with Bernie Mac and Angela Bassett, for Disney.

Shankman, repped by UTA, will next helm “Enchanted” for Disney. Helmer is also attached to direct a remake of “Topper” for the studio and to direct “The Jetsons” for Warner Bros. producer Denise Di Novi and Hanna-Barbera Prods.

Wilson and Allen previously sold “Manchild” to New Line Cinema and “Gringo” to Universal.

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