David E. Talbert and Will Packer have sold a holiday-themed comedy spec script to Universal Pictures titled “A Meyers Thanksgiving,” which Talbert will write and direct, with Packer producing.
Telling the story about an estranged family brought together after the death of the family matriarch, for their first Thanksgiving, is being fast-tracked, says Deadline, with production set for the fall, and a holiday 2016 release eyed.
Talbert was previously attached to script (but not direct) fellow author Cheryl Jarvis’ 2008 novel, “The Necklace,” for Fox Searchlight, which was announced in late 2013, after the debut of his last directorial effort, the rom-com “Baggage Claim,” which starred Paula Patton, and was also released by Fox Searchlight.
As for Packer, the super producer and hit-maker, in addition to his film work, has sold a number of TV projects to NBC and ABC, after also inking a first-look deal with Universal, via his Will Packer Productions banner. Up next for him is Universal Pictures’ F. Gary Gray-directed N.W.A biopic titled “Straight Outta Compton.,” which he exec produced, and which is set for a late summer release.
Source: Shadow & Act