According to Variety, Brian Robbins is in negotiations to direct the Eddie Murphy comedy Norbit at DreamWorks. Robbins' producing partner at Tollin/Robbins, Michael Tollin, is coming aboard to produce the pic with John Davis and Murphy.
Helmer replaces Rawson Marshall Thurber, who dropped out over a scheduling conflict.
Shooting is skedded to start in March.
In the pic, Murphy stars as Norbit, a meek guy pressed into marrying a monstrous woman (also played by Murphy). When he subsequently meets the woman of his dreams, he has to figure out a way to be with her.
Original script was written by Eddie and Charlie Murphy, with a rewrite by Guess Who scribes Jay Scherick and David Ronn.
John Fox oversees the project at the studio.