Adam Shankman to Direct Reboot of Nancy Meyers’ ‘What Women Want’

Adam Shankman is set to direct and executive produce “What Men Want” for Paramount Players, a reboot of Nancy Meyers’ 2000 rom-com “What Women Want.”

Will Packer and James Lopez will produce the film starring Taraji P. Henson in a role that Mel Gibson first made famous. The project will be spearheaded by Brian Robbins and Ali Bell under the newly formed division at Paramount.

Inspired by the Nancy Meyers hit romantic comedy “What Women Want,” the film follows the story of a female sports agent (Henson) who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues.

When she gains the power to hear men’s thoughts, she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA’s next superstar.

Also Read: Taraji P Henson to Take Mel Gibson Role in Updated Version of ‘What Women Want’

Shankman recently directed and executive produced the YouTube Red pilot “Step Up: High Water” that premiered this week. Coming off her starring role in Screen Gem’s “Proud Mary,” Henson will next be seen as the lead in Lionsgate’s “Acrimony.”

Shankman is repped by UTA and Bloom Hergott. Henson is repped by UTA, Vincent Cirrincione and Meyer & Downs. Packer is repped by CAA and Ziffren Brittenham.

Meyer’s original film, starring Gibson as an ad executive who clues into women’s thoughts and wins over a rival played by Helen Hunt, became a giant hit. The film earned nearly $183 million domestically — and another $191 million in overseas box office.

“What Men Want” will open wide on January 11, 2019.

Variety first reported the news of Shankman’s involvement. 

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Adam Shankman is set to direct and executive produce “What Men Want” for Paramount Players, a reboot of Nancy Meyers’ 2000 rom-com “What Women Want.”

Will Packer and James Lopez will produce the film starring Taraji P. Henson in a role that Mel Gibson first made famous. The project will be spearheaded by Brian Robbins and Ali Bell under the newly formed division at Paramount.

Inspired by the Nancy Meyers hit romantic comedy “What Women Want,” the film follows the story of a female sports agent (Henson) who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues.

When she gains the power to hear men’s thoughts, she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA’s next superstar.

Shankman recently directed and executive produced the YouTube Red pilot “Step Up: High Water” that premiered this week. Coming off her starring role in Screen Gem’s “Proud Mary,” Henson will next be seen as the lead in Lionsgate’s “Acrimony.”

Shankman is repped by UTA and Bloom Hergott. Henson is repped by UTA, Vincent Cirrincione and Meyer & Downs. Packer is repped by CAA and Ziffren Brittenham.

Meyer’s original film, starring Gibson as an ad executive who clues into women’s thoughts and wins over a rival played by Helen Hunt, became a giant hit. The film earned nearly $183 million domestically — and another $191 million in overseas box office.

“What Men Want” will open wide on January 11, 2019.

Variety first reported the news of Shankman’s involvement. 

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'Proud Mary' Film Review: Taraji P. Henson Shoulda Kept Her Good Job in the City

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Taraji P Henson on 'Duty' She Felt to Make Historic Drama 'Hidden Figures' (Video)

Adam Shankman to Direct Taraji P. Henson in ‘What Men Want’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Paramount Players is moving quickly on the its latest comedy “What Men Want,” tapping Adam Shankman to direct the film, which is inspired by the Nancy Meyers’ 2000 rom-com, “What Women Want.” Taraji P. Henson is set to star in the pic, with Will Packer and James Lopez producing and Shankman executive producing. The original […]

Paramount Players is moving quickly on the its latest comedy “What Men Want,” tapping Adam Shankman to direct the film, which is inspired by the Nancy Meyers’ 2000 rom-com, “What Women Want.” Taraji P. Henson is set to star in the pic, with Will Packer and James Lopez producing and Shankman executive producing. The original […]

‘Step Up: High Water’ Team Credits Reality Competitions, ‘Glee’ With TV Interest In Dance

Based on the Step-Up film franchise that grossed $650 million at the global box office, YouTube’s Step Up: High Water drama focuses on several ambitious young dancers in a contemporary performing arts school in Atlanta.
Dance drama are a cyclical thing, series EP/director Adam Shankman insisted at TCA on Saturday, noting there have been “long periods” when there were no “dance-driven things being mad for screen.”
Each time one then pops up it becomes a Thing, he said…

Based on the Step-Up film franchise that grossed $650 million at the global box office, YouTube’s Step Up: High Water drama focuses on several ambitious young dancers in a contemporary performing arts school in Atlanta. Dance drama are a cyclical thing, series EP/director Adam Shankman insisted at TCA on Saturday, noting there have been “long periods” when there were no “dance-driven things being mad for screen.” Each time one then pops up it becomes a Thing, he said…

Adam Shankman to Direct Kate Beckinsale in ‘Chocolate Money’

In a pre-Berlin market move, Adam Shankman has come on board to direct Kate Beckinsale in mother-daughter drama “The Chocolate Money.” Cornerstone Films will be launching international sales to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin next month. UTA is repping domestic rights. The project is based on Ashley Prentice Norton’s novel with Emma… Read more »

In a pre-Berlin market move, Adam Shankman has come on board to direct Kate Beckinsale in mother-daughter drama “The Chocolate Money.” Cornerstone Films will be launching international sales to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin next month. UTA is repping domestic rights. The project is based on Ashley Prentice Norton’s novel with Emma... Read more »

Adam Shankman Set To Direct Kate Beckinsale In ‘The Chocolate Money’ – Berlin

Adam Shankman has been set to direct Kate Beckinsale in an adaptation of mother-daughter drama The Chocolate Money, based on Ashley Prentice Norton’s popular novel. Cornerstone Films is handling international sales and will launch the title to buyers next month at the European Film Market in Berlin. UTA is repping domestic, and the pic is scheduled to go into production in the spring in New York.
Set in 1980s New York, the story follows the relationship between Babs…

Adam Shankman has been set to direct Kate Beckinsale in an adaptation of mother-daughter drama The Chocolate Money, based on Ashley Prentice Norton's popular novel. Cornerstone Films is handling international sales and will launch the title to buyers next month at the European Film Market in Berlin. UTA is repping domestic, and the pic is scheduled to go into production in the spring in New York. Set in 1980s New York, the story follows the relationship between Babs…

167 Hollywood Stars for Hillary Clinton (List)

Hillary Clinton has by far the most celebrity endorsements of any presidential candidate in 2016 — a list that includes recent Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio, Beyonce, and Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

Welcome to another edition of Voting With the Stars, TheWrap’s breakdown of who in Hollywood is voting for each of the remaining presidential candidates. We’ve assembled our master list of who supports who by scouring public statements, social media posts, news reports, and campaign contributions.

Of course, people change their minds, so we’ll update our list as candidates gain — or lose — celebrity endorsements. (For other candidates’ supporters, click here. In fact, you may want to save that link, because the list of endorsements includes more than 200 stars, power brokers, and rich folks — and we’re adding to it every day.)

Also Read: Voting With the Stars: Your Guide to Celebrity Presidential Endorsements (List)

Clinton’s list of names is longer than any other candidate’s — a testament both to many celebrities’ satisfaction with her policies, and her decades of networking and winning supporters as Secretary of State, a New York senator, and as first lady.

Unsurprisingly in famously liberal Hollywood, Democrats have more celebrity supporters than Republicans — at least yong those willing to publicly talk politics. (Some Republicans, fearing ostracism or just awkward conversation, keep their politics close to the vest.)

Also Read: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to Endorse Marco Rubio for President

Clinton’s supporters range from long-established liberals like Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenenberg, as well as an eclectic mix of young stars including Katy Perry, Waka Flocka, Ariana Grande, and America Ferrera.

That’s right: Clinton has America’s vote. Oh, and also Larry Flynt’s, Matt Damon‘s, and Lena Dunham‘s.

Here’s the list of Hillary Clinton supporters:

George and Amal Clooney

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

America Ferrera

Robert DeNiro

Ari Emanuel

Jane Fonda

Abby Wambach

Dustin Hoffman

Drew Barrymore

Connie Britton

Matt Damon

Cher

Beyoncé

Debra Messing

Ellen Pompeo

Jessica Alba 

Bryan Lourd

Larry Flynt

Ellen DeGeneres

Harvey Weinstein

Beth Behrs

Estelle

Karl Lagerfeld 

Carole King

Tig Notari

Cyndi Lauper

John Leguizamo

Padma Lakshmi 

Guillermo Diaz 

Lena Dunham

Lady Gaga

Ted Danson

Gideon Raff

Ben Harper 

Adam Shankman

Russell Simmons 

Tony Goldwyn

Bellamy Young

Orlando Bloom

Maria Bamford

Jamie Foxx

Anna Wintour

Lukas Haas

Chuck Lorre

Meg Ryan

Salma Hayek

Cristela Alonzo

Candice Bergen

Mary J. Blige 

Sally Field

Martha Stewart 

Craig Newmark

Viola Davis

Pharrell Williams

Candis Cayne 

Vera Wang

Tom Hanks 

Octavia Spencer

Britney Spears

Zach Braff

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Larry Flynt

Lindsay Lohan

Jeffrey Wright

Tony Bennett 

Johnny Galecki

Magic Johnson

Abbi Jacobson

Katy Perry

Kerry Washington

Olivia Wilde

Lori McCreary

John Legend

K. Michelle 

Ne-Yo

Julianne Moore

Josh Peck

Eva Langoria

Amy Schumer 

Anne Hathaway

Jim Parsons 

Demi Lovato

50 Cent

Cybill Shepherd

Jamie Lee Curtis

Michael Kors

Amber Tamblyn

Rosie O’Donnell

Amy Poehler

Jemima Kirke

Katy Perry

Gina Rodriguez

Mary Steenburgen

Shonda Rhimes

Constance Wu

Natasha Leggero

Zoe Kazan

Tracy Anderson

Shannon Woodward

Katie Lowes

Sting

Uzo Aduba

J.J. Abrams

Steven Spielberg

Jeffery Katzenberg

Jon Bon Jovi 

Ilana Glazer

RuPaul

Haim and Cheryl Saban

Kat Dennings

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Jennifer Lopez

Dascha Polanco

Leonardo DiCaprio

 Rob Friedman

Snoop Dogg

Waka Flocka 

Ariana Grande

L.A. Reid

Kelly Clarkson

Ja Rule

Katie Holmes

Reese Witherspoon

Stevie Wonder 

Tobey Maguire

Kate Walsh

Diane Kruger

Ben Affleck

Jennifer Garner

Richard Gere

Bradley Whitford

Quincy Jones

Barbra Streisand

Dakota Fanning

Marc Anthony

Bryan Cranston

Jesse Eisenberg

Chris Colfer

Retta

Elizabeth Banks

Sean Astin

Howard Stern

Alex Rodriguez

Usher

Greg Berlanti

Steven Bochco

Antonio Villaraigosa

Amanda de Cadenet

Lee Daniels

Howard Gordon

Rob Reiner 

Andrew Rannells 

Jemima Kirke

Christina Aguilera 

Kate Hudson

Chris Silbermann

Elton John

Andra Day

Kendall Jenner 

Ricky Martin 

Michael Douglas 

Will Ferrell

Morgan Freeman

Sean Penn

Who are you voting for?

Also Read: Spike Lee Endorses Bernie Sanders for President: ‘He Will Do The Right Thing’ (Audio)

Hillary Clinton has by far the most celebrity endorsements of any presidential candidate in 2016 — a list that includes recent Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio, Beyonce, and Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

Welcome to another edition of Voting With the Stars, TheWrap’s breakdown of who in Hollywood is voting for each of the remaining presidential candidates. We’ve assembled our master list of who supports who by scouring public statements, social media posts, news reports, and campaign contributions.

Of course, people change their minds, so we’ll update our list as candidates gain — or lose — celebrity endorsements. (For other candidates’ supporters, click here. In fact, you may want to save that link, because the list of endorsements includes more than 200 stars, power brokers, and rich folks — and we’re adding to it every day.)

Clinton’s list of names is longer than any other candidate’s — a testament both to many celebrities’ satisfaction with her policies, and her decades of networking and winning supporters as Secretary of State, a New York senator, and as first lady.

Unsurprisingly in famously liberal Hollywood, Democrats have more celebrity supporters than Republicans — at least yong those willing to publicly talk politics. (Some Republicans, fearing ostracism or just awkward conversation, keep their politics close to the vest.)

Clinton’s supporters range from long-established liberals like Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenenberg, as well as an eclectic mix of young stars including Katy Perry, Waka Flocka, Ariana Grande, and America Ferrera.

That’s right: Clinton has America’s vote. Oh, and also Larry Flynt’s, Matt Damon‘s, and Lena Dunham‘s.

Here’s the list of Hillary Clinton supporters:

George and Amal Clooney

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

America Ferrera

Robert DeNiro

Ari Emanuel

Jane Fonda

Abby Wambach

Dustin Hoffman

Drew Barrymore

Connie Britton

Matt Damon

Cher

Beyoncé

Debra Messing

Ellen Pompeo

Jessica Alba 

Bryan Lourd

Larry Flynt

Ellen DeGeneres

Harvey Weinstein

Beth Behrs

Estelle

Karl Lagerfeld 

Carole King

Tig Notari

Cyndi Lauper

John Leguizamo

Padma Lakshmi 

Guillermo Diaz 

Lena Dunham

Lady Gaga

Ted Danson

Gideon Raff

Ben Harper 

Adam Shankman

Russell Simmons 

Tony Goldwyn

Bellamy Young

Orlando Bloom

Maria Bamford

Jamie Foxx

Anna Wintour

Lukas Haas

Chuck Lorre

Meg Ryan

Salma Hayek

Cristela Alonzo

Candice Bergen

Mary J. Blige 

Sally Field

Martha Stewart 

Craig Newmark

Viola Davis

Pharrell Williams

Candis Cayne 

Vera Wang

Tom Hanks 

Octavia Spencer

Britney Spears

Zach Braff

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Larry Flynt

Lindsay Lohan

Jeffrey Wright

Tony Bennett 

Johnny Galecki

Magic Johnson

Abbi Jacobson

Katy Perry

Kerry Washington

Olivia Wilde

Lori McCreary

John Legend

K. Michelle 

Ne-Yo

Julianne Moore

Josh Peck

Eva Langoria

Amy Schumer 

Anne Hathaway

Jim Parsons 

Demi Lovato

50 Cent

Cybill Shepherd

Jamie Lee Curtis

Michael Kors

Amber Tamblyn

Rosie O’Donnell

Amy Poehler

Jemima Kirke

Katy Perry

Gina Rodriguez

Mary Steenburgen

Shonda Rhimes

Constance Wu

Natasha Leggero

Zoe Kazan

Tracy Anderson

Shannon Woodward

Katie Lowes

Sting

Uzo Aduba

J.J. Abrams

Steven Spielberg

Jeffery Katzenberg

Jon Bon Jovi 

Ilana Glazer

RuPaul

Haim and Cheryl Saban

Kat Dennings

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Jennifer Lopez

Dascha Polanco

Leonardo DiCaprio

 Rob Friedman

Snoop Dogg

Waka Flocka 

Ariana Grande

L.A. Reid

Kelly Clarkson

Ja Rule

Katie Holmes

Reese Witherspoon

Stevie Wonder 

Tobey Maguire

Kate Walsh

Diane Kruger

Ben Affleck

Jennifer Garner

Richard Gere

Bradley Whitford

Quincy Jones

Barbra Streisand

Dakota Fanning

Marc Anthony

Bryan Cranston

Jesse Eisenberg

Chris Colfer

Retta

Elizabeth Banks

Sean Astin

Howard Stern

Alex Rodriguez

Usher

Greg Berlanti

Steven Bochco

Antonio Villaraigosa

Amanda de Cadenet

Lee Daniels

Howard Gordon

Rob Reiner 

Andrew Rannells 

Jemima Kirke

Christina Aguilera 

Kate Hudson

Chris Silbermann

Elton John

Andra Day

Kendall Jenner 

Ricky Martin 

Michael Douglas 

Will Ferrell

Morgan Freeman

Sean Penn

Who are you voting for?

Adam Shankman Is in Talks to Direct Disney’s ‘Enchanted’ Sequel

Adam Shankman, who directed 2007’s musical comedy “Hairspray,” is in talks to helm Disney’s “Enchanted” sequel, TheWrap has learned.

Currently titled “Enchanted 2,” the followup to the 2007 musical fantasy film is expected to see the return of Amy Adams in her leading role as Princess Giselle.

Disney plans to start production before next summer, according to sources close to the project.

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Both Adams and original cast mate James Marsden (now on HBO’s “Westworld”) have expressed their desire to return to an “Enchanted” sequel. “I don’t understand why they never did it,” Marsden told E! in 2011. “It was a very successful movie.”

Indeed, “Enchanted” grossed more than $340 million worldwide.

“Enchanted 2” takes place 10 years after “Enchanted,” as Giselle finds herself questioning her happily ever after, accidentally triggering events that make everyone’s lives turn upside down in both the real world and in the animated kingdom of Andalasia.

Also Read: Disney World to Close Due to Hurricane Matthew

Anne Fletcher had previously been attached as director of the sequel, which Disney has been developing since 2010.

Shankman has worked on several Disney-distributed comedies — “Bringing Down the House,” “The Pacifier,” and “Bedtime Stories.” His experience with musicals “Hairspray” and also 2012’s “Rock of Ages” makes him an appropriate choice.

Shankman is represented by UTA and Bloom Hergott.

The Hollywood Reporter first broke this news.

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Enchanted, I’m Sure

Adam Shankman, who directed 2007’s musical comedy “Hairspray,” is in talks to helm Disney’s “Enchanted” sequel, TheWrap has learned.

Currently titled “Enchanted 2,” the followup to the 2007 musical fantasy film is expected to see the return of Amy Adams in her leading role as Princess Giselle.

Disney plans to start production before next summer, according to sources close to the project.

Both Adams and original cast mate James Marsden (now on HBO’s “Westworld”) have expressed their desire to return to an “Enchanted” sequel. “I don’t understand why they never did it,” Marsden told E! in 2011. “It was a very successful movie.”

Indeed, “Enchanted” grossed more than $340 million worldwide.

“Enchanted 2” takes place 10 years after “Enchanted,” as Giselle finds herself questioning her happily ever after, accidentally triggering events that make everyone’s lives turn upside down in both the real world and in the animated kingdom of Andalasia.

Anne Fletcher had previously been attached as director of the sequel, which Disney has been developing since 2010.

Shankman has worked on several Disney-distributed comedies — “Bringing Down the House,” “The Pacifier,” and “Bedtime Stories.” His experience with musicals “Hairspray” and also 2012’s “Rock of Ages” makes him an appropriate choice.

Shankman is represented by UTA and Bloom Hergott.

The Hollywood Reporter first broke this news.

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Enchanted, I'm Sure