Steve Harvey continues to reap acclaim for his best-selling relationship book, “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.” Screen Gems just announced it will turn the tome into a silver screener in much of the same fashion as film adaptations of popular books like “He’s Just Not That Into You.” The 52-year-old comedian, actor and radio host, who says he wrote the book in an effort to help women gain a better understanding of men, has earned a legion of female loyalists including talk queen Oprah. But Will Packer, the producer of the upcoming film, says he saw the book’s potential long before mainstream got hip to it.
“As a producer you’re always looking for your next big hit that can be culturally relevant while still having a commercial appeal that will lend itself to a cinematic approach. I travel a lot, and everywhere I went I would see women reading this book and telling me how they loaned it to their girlfriends, so I knew I had to get a copy. The early buzz (pre-Oprah audience) among African-American women who first embraced it confirmed what I’d hoped. It was hilarious, funny and poignant and really well done.”