Dreamworks Will Show Viewers How to ‘Eat, Sleep, Poop’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 9:28 am,

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I think I’m starting to notice a new trend in Hollywood. It’s not really a new trend, per se, because studios have been doing it for a really long time – but now it seems to be getting out of control. No, I’m not talking about video game movies, like Prince of Persia, Tekken or Asteroids. I’m also not referring to movies based on board games like Risk, Monopoly or Battleship. I know what you are thinking “Paul, surely you are referring to the ridiculous amount of remakes and reboots in the wings?”

No my friend, I’m not talking about future failures movie remakes like Weekend at Bernie’s, Mannequin, Short Circuit or Drop Dead Fred nor am I talking about ill-thought out reboots of the Cliffhanger, Nightmare on Elm Street or the Spider-Man franchises.

No, what I’m referring to is how Hollywood studios are now optioning every book known to man and turning them into movies. The latest example is the news coming from The Hollywood Reporter that Dreamworks Studios has obtained the rights to turn the book Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby’s First Year into a  feature-length comedy. That’s right – a self-help book for parents on what to expect from your child in the first twelve months of their life is becoming a comedy! *insert audible groan here*

Here is the best part – are you sitting down? – the book, written by pediatrician Dr. Scott W. Cohen won’t even be published until March 30th, 2010! So just to make sure I understand this correctly: Dreamworks has purchased the rights to a book that hasn’t been published and therefore doesn’t even know if it will be a best seller or not? Yeah OK! That’s sound fiscal investment in action right there, folks.

Eat, Sleep, Poop (which is mostly likely going to be the title of the film) will be produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and the screenplay will be written by Matt Allen and Caleb Wilson, who most recently wrote Four Christmases. Parkes and MacDonald have produced movies like The Tuxedo, The Island and Small Soldiers, but to their credit, they were also involved with Gladiator, The Kite Runner and Amistad.

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The book recounts Dr. Cohen’s real-life experiences raising his own children and how what he learned in school didn’t apply in the real world. Well duh, “Doctor!” I never finished college and I could have told you that. Dr. Cohen, being a Beverly Hills-based physician, took the appropriate opportunity to pitch his idea to a patient, who just “happened” to be the wife of H2F Studios executive Chris Fenton. That of course turned into the ridiculous idea for a movie.

Think this is the beginning of the end? Well start squirreling away your food and hoarding your cash because this is only the second guidebook to be optioned for a movie in as many weeks. A little while ago, Lionsgate and Phoenix Pictures collaborated to bring the book for pregnant mothers What to Expect When You’re Expecting to a movie house near you. I don’t see either film breaking box office records, so I’m pretty sure Avatar is safe.

So now I have to ask – what is next in the self-help guidebook movie future? Are we going to see Sony make a 3D version of The Complete Idiots’ Guide to Doing Whatever or a motion capture experience of Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care? How about a sprawling two-and-half hour epic about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People brought to us by Paramount?

On the downside, I see this quickly getting out of hand. On the upside: at least I’ll always have something to rant about.

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What are your thoughts on a comedy movie based on the book Eat, Sleep, Poop and will you be buying your tickets months in advance on Fandago?

Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby’s First Year hits books shelves March 30th, 2010.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. I know a lot of that is tongue-in-cheek, but any book by Dale Carnegie (provided it remains true to the original) wouldn't be so bad.

    true to the original… Hollywood… never mind…

  2. Nice maybe a ''where is Waldo'' movie next time

  3. You thought you were being slick huh? Read this:

    http://screenrant.com/live-action-wheres-waldo-

    You can pick your jaw off the floor now :)

  4. Not really any more ridiculous than any movie about a board game. Frankly, I'd say the first 12 months of parenthood is ripe for comedy, if a movie like “Knocked Up” can do a comedy about pregnancy (and it wasn't exactly the first movie to do so), I don't see why someone can't do a halfway decent comedy about the first year of parenthood.

    That said, I'm not counting any chickens yet, it's still a movie based on a self-help book.

  5. I'd rather they make a movie out of Dave Barry's book “Babies: And Other Hazards of Sex” than EatSleepPoop.

  6. joshi38,
    you are their core audience. you are why these movies get made. Hollywood is dead. Long live hollywood.
    I really respect J.D. Salinger without ever having read any of his books. Why you ask?
    Because he drew up a legal document saying they couldn't make a film out of is books or 320 years! Yea, baby, yeah! Oh, behave!

  7. for 320 years, that is.

  8. is every person that reads this website an idiot? seriously, what is the average level of education going on here?

  9. Aw Dick, when you ask the question “is every person that reads this website an idiot? seriously, what is the average level of education going on here?” i notice you use the indefinite pronoun “Everyone” which includes yourself or you would have added “else”. Idiot, i have also noticed, is the word that most people use on websites. Idiot. What is your level of education? If anyone went to public school, then that's not exactly a fair question, is it?
    Side note: look at your name. It says “dick-4 hours ago”. However, when we type in a reply, it says beside “dick-4 hours ago” “in reply to duck”. Then whilst replying to dick, it says “replying to dick”. So you can ask the moderators as well what level of education is going on, but again, if they too went to public school, then that should answer your question. If we are all idiots, join the club. We've just had jackets made.

  10. aww man, now i see what happened. YOU were replying to duck. I'll be back later. i gotta go wipe me some egg off my face.

  11. I guess you've figured by now that I've gone to public school. unless, of course, you're an idiot too. Public school breeds us like rabbits. Disclaimer: no offense to rabbits anywhere)

  12. Why am I suddenly their core audience?

  13. Q – Whats the difference between a baby and a Hollywood executive?

    A – A baby's poop is highly unlikely to be shown at your local Multiplex.

  14. I thought a movie based on a self-help book was bad, but it's a movie based on a self-help book that hasn't even been released?!? So… basically it'll be a 2 hour commercial for the book??

  15. I thought a movie based on a self-help book was bad, but it's a movie based on a self-help book that hasn't even been released?!? So… basically it'll be a 2 hour commercial for the book??

  16. HERE, RIGHT HERE is a future Razzie Winner for the worst thought concept to be made into any film! It's way Worse than Baby Geniuses!