DreamWorks picks filming rights of Eat, Sleep, Poop

MUMBAI: DreamWorks has picked up the filming rights of Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby‘s First Year for producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald to adapt into a feature comedy.

This is the first partnership between Dreamworks and Parkes/MacDonald‘s new development fund with Imagenation Abu Dhabi.

Matt Allen and Caleb Wilson, who penned the Vince Vaughn-Reese Witherspoon comedy Four Christmases are on board to write. 

Poop is a guidebook by Beverly Hills-based pediatrician Scott W. Cohen. The first book of a planned series is a common sense guide for parents with newborns. It also follows Cohen‘s experiences raising his own child, which in many ways defied much of what he learned in medical school and ultimately altered how he advises his patients.

One of Cohen‘s patients was the wife of Chris Fenton, a principal at comedy production outfit H2F and a father of three-year-old twins. The doctor pitched a book idea to Fenton, who then put the writer in touch with a lit agent and the deal with Scribner was struck.
Fenton brought up the book during a lunch with Parkes/MacDonald exec Anson Avellar, who squired the idea away to his bosses. Before long, a pre-emptive bid was in the works.

Non-fiction guidebooks on birthing and parenthood are hot in Hollywood. Two weeks ago Lionsgate and Phoenix Pictures teamed to bring pregnancy series What to Expect When You‘re Expecting to the big screen.

Scribner is set to launch the book on 30 March.

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