“Radio Flyer” screenwriter-executive producer David Mickey Evans will park his wagon at 20th Century Fox for the next two years under a newly signed first-look deal.
Evans, who wrote and directed the studio’s comedy release “The Sandlot,” due out April 9, will set up office on the Fox lot with his producing partner, Dale de la Torre.
Under the new arrangement, Evans will write, direct and produce (with de la Torre) projectsoriginating from their indie company or that Fox assigns them.
Evans said no movies have been set up yet, but a “head-to-head” meeting has been set with Fox exex this week to discuss projects.
Evans said he is free to accept directing assignments elsewhere, but “my first allegiance is to Fox.”
Fox worldwide production prexy Tom Jacobson said he hopes Evans will make his next picture for the studio. Based on the director’s work on “Sandlot” and conversations following its completion, Jacobson said, he is “totally confident that the type ofmovies that David wants to make are the types of movies we want to do.”
When asked what kind of pictures that would encompass, Jacobson said, “Those with heart, emotion and comedy, be it an adventure movie or human drama.”
The production topper said he expects Evans to continue making family films like “Sandlot,” a nostalgic story set in 1962 about a boy who moves to a new town and eventually is able to join the neighborhood’s makeshift baseball team after one of eight boys takes him under his wing.
“Sandlot,” on which de la Torre served as a producer, marks Evans’ feature directorial debut.
He was to make his directorial bow on his script “Radio Flyer” in 1990, but less than 10 days into the production, he was, as he put it, “drop-kicked” from the movie. The picture was subsequently reactivated with Richard Donner in the director’s chair and Lorraine Bracco in the role intended for Rosanna Arquette.
Evans and de la Torre scored a first-look deal at Columbia Pictures around the time of “Radio Flyer” and since then have operated independent of any studio deal.
In the world of TV, Evans wrote the two-hour pilot “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” on which he also served as executive producer with de la Torre.
Evans was represented in the deal with Fox by attorney Steve Warren — of Hansen, Jacobsen, Teller & Hoberman — and agent Jeremy Zimmer of United Talent Agency.