The 1977 Walt Disney pic “Freaky Friday” is getting a makeover at the Mouse House. The studio has tapped Heather Hach to adapt the quirky comedy.
Original pic, scripted by Mary Rodgers, featured Jodie Foster as a tomboyish teen who constantly quarrels with her mother, played by Barbara Harris. When mother and daughter reveal desires to escape their situations, they suddenly exchange bodies.
Script will be overseen by Buena Vista Motion Picture Group prexy Nina Jacobson, veep Karen Glass and director of development Kristin Burr. Andrew Gunn will produce via his Disney-based Gunn Films banner.
“This movie has always been a favorite of a lot people in the group here, especially the girls,” Jacobson told Daily Variety. “Heather has finally found a way to crack it. Her sensibilities were right for the project. She’s a smart and funny writer.”
Hach had been a writing fellow at Disney before getting the “Freaky” gig. She has written the unproduced scripts “Not Kappa Material,” “Pageant People” and “I Used to Be an Honor Student.”
The project was remade for TV in 1995, from a script by Stu Krieger.