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'Dolittle 2' team minds 'Day Care' for Revolution

10 Apr, 2002 By: Zorianna Kit

Following their successful collaboration on Dr. Dolittle 2,Eddie Murphy, director Steve Carr and Davis Entertainment are poised to reteam on the comedy "Daddy Day Care," which Revolution Studios is picking up in turnaround from 20th Century Fox.

The project will begin shooting Aug. 1 in Los Angeles, with Murphy already pay-or-play and Carr in final negotiations to direct, sources said.

Day Care, written by Geoff Rodkey, is described as Mr. Mom meets Big Daddy. It centers on a father (Murphy) who loses his job and, to make ends meet, turns his house into a day care center.

Davis Entertainment's John Davis and Wyck Godfrey are producing the project with Matt Berenson. Day Care was hatched at Davis Entertainment more than a year ago when Berenson, now senior vp production at Red Wagon, shepherded the idea with Rodkey and Godfrey from scratch while working as an independent producer with a deal at Davis Entertainment.

20th Century Fox last month paid mid- against high-six figures for Geoff Rodkey's comedy spec for studio-based Davis Entertainment (HR 3/12). Sources said Murphy wanted to do the project as his next film and when Revolution was willing to begin production in August, Fox is said to have graciously let the project go.

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