Adam Shankman, the director behind films like A Walk to Remember and the Hairspray remake, has signed on to helm O’Lucky Day for Paramount Pictures. Deadline has the news, also confirming the new title for the Peter Dinklage-led project, first announced last fall.
Andrew Dodge, the scribe behind Jason Bateman’s Bad Words, provided the first draft of the screenplay, which is currently being rewritten by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. The plot of the film is said to be decidedly R-rated in nature and follows a conman (Dinklage) who tells people that he’s a leprechaun… and who may or may not be telling the truth.
Shankman’s comedy credits include 2003’s Bringing Down the House, starring starring Queen Latifah and Steve Martin, The Pacifier, starring Vin Diesel, and Bedtime Stories, starring Adam Sandler, among others. His most recent film was the 2012 musical Rock of Ages, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Paul Giamatti, Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Malin Akerman, Russell Brand, Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta.
Dinklage, meanwhile, recently starred in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past and is about to return as Tyrion Lannister for the fifth season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” He’s also set to star in this summer’s comedy adventure Pixels and was recently rumored to have been offered the antagonist role in Michelle Darnell, opposite leading lady Melissa McCarthy.
Cale Boyter and Mary Parent are attached to produce O’Lucky Day.