"8 Simple Rules" sequel coming to big screen

Fri Mar 7, 2008 3:39am EST
 
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By Gregg Goldstein

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - W. Bruce Cameron's book "8 Simple Rules for Marrying My Daughter," the sequel to his bestseller-turned-hit TV series, will be brought to the big screen by the producer of "The Devil Wears Prada."

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.

Wendy Finerman is attached as a producer. In addition to producing "Prada," she won a best picture Oscar as one of the producers of "Forrest Gump."

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.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter