Disney hopes ‘Love Bug’ will strike auds again

Burnett tapped to write script

Volkswagen brought the Bug back and now Disney is following — with perhaps the most famous beetle of all.

Writer-director J. Max Burnett has been tapped to write “Herbie and Millie” for producer Charles Hirschhorn and the Walt Disney Co.

Described as a contemporary adventure using the title character from Disney’s 1969 classic “The Love Bug,” “Herbie and Millie” will be developed as a live action feature.

Burnett’s “Possums” played at the Sundance Film Festival earlier in the year.

Hirschhorn, who recently exited as president of Walt Disney Television and Walt Disney Television Animation (Daily Variety, Dec. 9), will produce through his Disney-based Fountain Prods., which has a non-exclusive first-look deal with the Mouse House for features and television.

Disney execs Doug Short and Karen Glass brought the project to the Mouse House where they will oversee it along with Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group co-prexys Nina Jacobson and Todd Garner.

Burnett is repped by Garth Pappas and Jeff Okin at Metropolitan Talent Agency, manager Andrew Tennenbaum at Flashpoint Entertainment and attorney Steven Burkow at Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca and Fischer.

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