I'll be brutally honest: Adam Shankman is probably my least favorite director working today. (Although after seeing Norbit, I'm thinking that Brian Robbins has really earned that #1 spot.) Why such scorn for the ultra-successful dance choreographer-turned-director? I'll give you five reasons: The Wedding Planner, A Walk to Remember, Bringing Down the House, The Pacifier and Cheaper By the Dozen 2. That's 0-for-5 at the plate, and a huge whiff of a strikeout on each successive film. But hey, they all made money, right?

Anyway, so I'm not a fan. Moving on: Mr. Shankman has the John Waters adaptation Hairspray in the pipeline, and The Hollywood Reporter is now, well, reporting that the guy also has Bedtime Story in the works at Disney. Get this plot: "The story centers on a harried architect whose his life is turned upside down when the bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to come true." Wow, really? Just yank this concept directly out of the museum and that's enough to avoid a lawsuit? (I'm definitely in the wrong business.)

The screenplay comes from first-timer Matt Lopez and "an idea by Disney exec Jason Reed, who is overseeing" the production. So basically a Disney exec called an aspiring writer into his office and said "We want something exactly like that big Ben Stiller smash, only with a different title." And voila, Adam Shankman has a new gig. Production begins this summer.
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