Disney dances with scribes

Gibson, Halprin ink blind script deal

Disney has inked a blind script deal with scribes Mark Gibson and Phil Halprin for mid-against-high six figures.

The deal, which requires the writers to pen an original script to be determined, also puts the writing duo onto the comedy “Winter Dance,” which producer Jordan Kerner is developing for the Mouse House and hopes to begin lensing in the fall.

Project will be overseen by Buena Vista Motion Picture Group co-presidents Nina Jacobson and Todd Garner, as well as senior veep Mark Vahradian and di-rector of development Doug Short.

Gibson’s directorial debut, “Lush,” starring Campbell Scott and Laura Linney, premiered at Sundance earlier in the year.

“Winter Dance” is an original comedy by Tommy Swerdlow and Michael Goldberg (who wrote “Cool Runnings” along with Lynn Siefert), set on the Alaskan Iditarod sled race; Gibson and Halprin are coming on for a rewrite.

Deal comes on the heals of Gibson and Halprin’s draft of the animated feature “The Big Break,” recently fast-tracked at the Mouse House.

Gibson and Halprin’s other credits include the teen thriller “In Crowd” for Morgan Creek, directed by Mary Lambert and slated for a spring release; and “Babus Americanus,” also for Morgan Creek.

Deal was negotiated by manager Gina Matthews of Rountable Ink, Ramses IsHak and Michael Sheresky of the William Morris Agency and Patty Felker and Warren Dern of Nelson, Guggenheim, Felker and Levine.

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