Columbia Pictures and producer Irwin Winkler have acquired Avery Corman novel “A Perfect Divorce” and set “Ghost” scribe Bruce Joel Rubin to write it.
Novel chronicles the aftermath of a Manhattan couple’s divorce and how, despite their best efforts, their teenage son gets hit with the emotional shrapnel.
Corman previously addressed divorce in his book “Kramer vs. Kramer,” which became the Oscar-winning film. He also wrote the novel “Oh, God!,” which was turned into the Carl Reiner-directed 1977 comedy; Warner Bros. and producer Jerry Weintraub are developing a remake of the latter to star Ellen DeGeneres.
Winkler will produce with son Charles Winkler, who just directed the D.L. Hughley prison drama “Shackles” with producer Rob Cowan. That pic premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The younger Winkler is in Istanbul, where he will direct “The Net 2.0,” the sequel to the 1995 pic helmed by his father. Written and produced by Cowan, it’s the first American film to shoot with a Turkish crew.
Rubin, who most recently scripted “Stuart Little 2” and “Deep Impact,” also explored emotional family turbulence in “My Life.”