Pitch about space-bound teen sells for high to mid-six figures

Walt Disney Pictures has acquired the pitch “Fortune Son” from scribe Ernie Contreras (“Fairy Tale: A True Story”).

The pitch, which sold for a high to mid-six figure sum, revolves around a 16-year-old boy who becomes the first teenager to go into space.

Contreras developed the story with Jericho Entertainment’s Josh Kesselman and Josh Silver, who will produce with John Davis’ Davis Entertainment.

Contreras is currently scripting an untitled project for HBO based on the true story of assassinated journalist Manuel de Dios. Earlier in the year, he penned a remake of the 1953 classic, “Lili,” for Paramount and DreamWorks.

Also on Contreras’ plate are “The Science Club” for 1492 Pictures and Fox; “Serenade” for Art of War Prods. and Sony; “American Turtle” for producer Robert Lawrence; and “Last Night in East L.A.”

Contreras is repped by Paradigm and attorney Alan Wertheimer of Armstrong Hirsch Jackoway Tyerman & Wertheimer.

Davis and Jericho are repped by David Webber of Bloom Hergott Cook Diemer & Klein.

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