Helmer to make feature debut with Bandeira-produced comedy

Commercials director Blair Hayes is in final negotiations to make his feature helming debut with “Bubble Boy,” a comedy recently greenlit by Disney.

Disney insiders said Hayes, who has directed commercials for Nike, Gatorade and American Express, brings a visual intelligence to the cinematically challenging film. Hayes’ credits include directing the teaser trailer for “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.”

Beau Flynn, via his DreamWorks-based Bandeira Entertainment, is producing “Bubble Boy,” based on his own idea. Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio penned the script, which Michael Kalesniko rewrote (Daily Variety, June 1, 2000).

Eyeing an October start, Disney has already tapped casting director John Papsidera and line producer Eric McLeod.

Buena Vista Motion Picture prexy Nina Jacobson, senior veep Mark Vahradian and director of production Kristin Burr are overseeing the project for the Mouse House.

Story, which bears no relation to the 1976 John Travolta starrer “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble,” centers on an impressionable boy in his 20s who has lived his life in a bubble in his room. When the boy learns that his childhood love is about to marry another man, he creates a portable bubble and embarks on a transcontinental voyage to win her back.

Hayes is repped by Ramses IsHakand Michael Sheresky of The William Morris Agency, manager Jonathan Brandstein and attorney Jason Sloane.

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