EW reports that Shawn Levy will, out of mercy, assume the same producing duties as Neighborhood Watch — i.e., you’ll only see his name in one department — on the newly-bought Man Made, which Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard, Bad Teacher) is currently up to direct.
Man Made will base itself on Joel Stein‘s upcoming book, subtitled A Stupid Quest for Masculinity, which sees the writer chronicle his attempts at becoming more masculine in an ultimate preparation for the growth of his infant child. Among his adventures are “riding along on a shift with firefighters, taking on an MMA fighter, going through Marine basic training, and consulting with various tough guys.”
Kasdan, unlike Levy, hasn’t tackled any father-son dynamics in his (admittedly short and semi-strong) career, but Man Made could still have the makings of something humorous and, with any luck, even a little touching — the film’s producer certainly thinks it’s possible. (And we can even have some celebrity cameos!) He’ll be working on Man Made through his own 21 Laps Entertainment would produce alongside Fox 2000, making distribution through 20th Century Fox the likely path.
Here’s a longer description, courtesy of Amazon:
“The smudge looked suspicious. The doctor confirmed: “That’s the baby’s penis!” Joel’s reaction? Pure panic. “I pictured having to go camping and fix a car and use a hammer and throw a football and watch professionals throw footballs and figure out whether to be sad or happy about the results of said football throwing.” And so begins Joel’s quest to confront his effete nature whether he likes it or not (he doesn’t), by doing a 24-hour shift with LA firefighters, going hunting, rebuilding a house, enduring three days of basic training with the Marine Corps, and going into the ring with UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture. Seeking help from a panel of experts, including his manly father-in-law, a racecar driver, Boy Scouts, former NFL star Warren Sapp and some celebrities, he expects to learn that masculinity is not defined by the size of his muscles but by the size of his heart. This is not at all what he learns.”
Does Man Made bear any promise at the moment?
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