Director Frank Oz has signed a non-exclusive, first-look two-year production deal at Walt Disney Studios, further cementing his relationship with the studio.
Under the deal, Oz will develop and produce features for both Walt Disney and Touchstone, and may direct as well.
While Oz has not yet committed to his next directing project, he is currently attached to the film adaptation of “Evening Star”– the sequel to “Terms of Endearment”– at Paramount.
Oz will set up offices on the Disney lot with Share Stallings coming in as his veepee of production. Stallings had previously been a veepee of production for Kings Road Entertainment, where she developed the upcoming “Mother” with Diane Ladd and Olympia Dukakis. She also was an associate producer of “Brain Smasher: A Love Story,” with Andrew Dice Clay and Teri Hatcher, among other projects.
Oz’s last film for Disney was “What About Bob?” He also directed “Housesitter ,””Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” and “Little Shop of Horrors.”
He exec produced “The Muppet Christmas Carol,” on which he also performed the voices of Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Sam Eagle and Animal. Oz, who continues to sit on the Jim Henson Prods. board of directors, was heavily involved as a producer and performer in all of the Muppet films. In addition, he also performed the character Yoda in both “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.”
This past summer, he also inked a two-year deal to direct commercials through Limelight Entertainment.