Producer options satirical male guidebook

Grant Turck to adapt Mead's 'How to Succeed With Women'

Producer Grant Turck has optioned film rights to the late Shepherd Mead's satirical guidebook "How to Succeed With Women Without Really Trying: The Dastard's Guide to the Birds and Bees."

Screenwriters Dax Shelby and Robert Stevens are in talks to write the adaptation. Producer and literary manager Eva Lontscharitsch also will produce through Turck's Grant Turck Prods.

Published in 1957 by Ballantine Books, "Women" apes the structure and tone of Mead's popular 1952 work "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying: The Dastard's Guide to Fame and Fortune," which was adapted into a hit Broadway show and a film. The "Women" primer satirizes 1950s male-female relations under the guise of a self-help book, with chapters that include "How to Be Irresistible in Short Pants," "How to Select the First Wife" and "How to Handle Women in Business."

"Mead's manual is a catchy and clever satire full of subversive and wacky advice that often has a wickedly funny ring of truth about it," Turck said. "In terms of tone, we're developing the film to have the feel of a modern Billy Wilder romantic comedy."

As a producer, Turck is also developing a feature adaptation of John Grisham's thriller "The Partner" with Chartoff Prods. and a miniseries adaptation of Gary Jennings' novel "Aztec."

Shelby and Stevens, repped by Madhouse Entertainment, have their pitch "Take Your Daughter to Work Day" set up at Illumination Entertainment and the screenplay "A Family Affair" in development at New Line, with Sarah Jessica Parker attached to star. Additionally, they have the specs "The College Experience" and "Off the Chain" in development at Warner Bros. and Disney, respectively.

The Shepherd Mead estate is repped by Greenberg Traurig.