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Mouse House opens door to inhouse ‘Bears’

Story based on Disneyland attraction

Continuing to accelerate activity on its slate of movies that will shoot before a potential strike next year, the Walt Disney Co. has greenlit scribe Mark Perez’s “Country Bears,” a comedy developed from an attraction at Disneyland.

Disney-based producer Andrew Gunn will produce.

Perez is one of a stable of three scribes hired by the Mouse House last January to develop material inhouse (Daily Variety, Jan. 17).

Walt Disney Motion Picture Group prexy Nina Jacobson and director of development Brigham Taylor will oversee the production at the studio. Taylor worked closely with Perez in developing the storyline.

Based on attraction

Perez had written a treatment inventing a story around the idea of the Country Bear Disneyland attraction. Pic, earmarked as a low-budget project, will involve a combination of puppet-like bears and live-action actors. The film will also include a host of real-life country music stars in cameos.

“This has so much heart, and it will play to both the parents and the kids,” said Gunn, whose Gunn Films recently inked a first-look deal with the Mouse House.

Perez previously set up “The Party Professional” with Casey Silver’s U-based Gone Fishin’ Prods. Pic will be co-produced by Todd Lieberman.

Perez is managed by Mediachase; his agent is CAA.

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