Disney has cast Jake Gyllenhaal as the lead in its high-concept comedy “Bubble Boy.” Pic is skedded to go before cameras in October with commercials director Blair Hayes helming.
Beau Flynn, via his DreamWorks-based Bandeira Entertainment, is producing the pic, based on his own idea. Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio penned the original draft, Michael Kalesniko the rewrite.
Gyllenhaal is lensing “Donnie Darko” opposite Drew Barrymore. He starred in the 1998 film “October Sky” and made his silver screen debut as a young boy in “City Slickers.”
Buena Vista Motion Picture prexy Nina Jacobson, executive 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 discovers that his childhood sweetheart in about to wed another man, he creates a portable bubble and embarks on a transcontinental voyage to win her back.
Hayes is repped by the William Morris Agency, manager Jonathan Brandtstein at MBST Ent., and attorney Jason Sloane; Gyllenhaal is repped by CAA.