New 'Rules' for big screen


NEW YORK -- W. Bruce Cameron's book "8 Simple Rules for Marrying My Daughter," the sequel to his best-seller-turned-hit TV series, will be brought to the big screen by 26 Films and "The Devil Wears Prada" producer Wendy Finerman.

Cameron is adapting his semi-autobiographical tome into a comedy with co-writer Cathryn Michon, author of the "Grrl Genius Guide" book series. It offers wry commentary in the same vein as his 2001 book "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter," the basis of ABC's eponymous series starring the late John Ritter.

Finerman and Wendy Finerman Prods.' Lisa Zupan brought the project to 26 Films, which optioned the book. Finerman is attached to produce the feature with 26 Films principals Michelle Chydzik Sowa and Nathalie Marciano.

Chydzik Sowa said the plot will revolve around a divorced dad juggling a younger girlfriend and two daughters who both get engaged at the same time. Other details haven't been revealed, but the book's subtitle -- "And Other Reasonable Advice From the Father of the Bride (Not that Anyone Is Paying Attention)" -- provides a clue. It will be published by Simon & Schuster imprint Fireside on April 8.

Cameron, a nationally syndicated columnist, won the 2006 Robert Benchley Society Award for Humor and has won two National Society of Newspaper Columnists awards for best humor columnist. He and Michon previously scripted the 2006 comedy feature "Cook-Off!" with Wendi McLendon-Covey.

None of the producers are strangers to comedy, either. Finerman produced "Forrest Gump," while Chydzik Sowa and Marciano are behind "The Wedding Date" and the upcoming Nia Vardalos vehicle "My Life in Ruins."

Cameron is repped by Gersh. Michon is repped by Read Agency.