TriStar Pictures has purchased scripter Chris Peterson’s kidpic “Frequent Flyer” for Lynda Guber — a studio-based producer and wife of Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Peter Guber, sources said Monday. TriStar bought the screenplay for a figure pegged in the $ 150,000 to $ 250,000 range.
Because of the outright purchase of the property, it is likely TriStar Pictures will move to bring aboard a top writer. The project will be shepherded by TriStar executive veepee of production Michael Besman.
“Frequent Flyer” is about the 11-year-old son of separated parents who accumulates frequent flyer miles because he is shuttled between his father in New York and his mother in Los Angeles. On one trip, the boy decides to take a detour to Chicago to spend the day with a girl he chances to meet on one of his transcontinental jaunts.
“Frequent Flyer” is the latest bid by a studio to attempt to cash in on family pix — a current Hollywood craze underscored by the recent formation of the Warner Bros. family label and ramped up operations for Nick’s feature division.
It is the first sale for screenwriter Peterson, who previously taught undergraduate film studies at Harvard University and worked as a story editor for Simpson-Bruckheimer Prods. at Paramount Pictures.
William Morris literary agent David Phillips, who brokered the sale for Peterson, declined comment. A key executive on “Frequent Flyer” is Robert Gould, who heads development for the Lynda Guber Organization development and production shingle.