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Adam Shankman (Hairspray, A Walk to Remember) is set to direct Taraji P. Henson in What Men Want, a gender-swapped version of Nancy Meyers’ 2000 romantic comedy What Women Want, which starred Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt.
The film is being produced by Paramount Players, a new division, led by AwesomenessTV grad Brian Robbins and Ali Bell, designed to develop and produce features in partnership with Viacom-owned Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and BET. Will Packer and James Lopez will produce What Men Want, and Shankman will executive produce.
Shankman is also attached to the direct big-screen adaptation of Ashley Prentice Norton’s hit 2012 novel, The Chocolate Money, set to star Kate Beckinsale. And his next directing project will be Disney’s Enchanted sequel, Disenchanted.
Henson will play a female sports agent 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.
The movie has already slated a Jan. 11, 2019, release date.
Shankman is repped by UTA and Bloom Hergott.