The Walt Disney Co. has paid mid-six figures to acquire the pitch “The Guardian” from scribe Ron Brinkerhoff (“D-Tox”), with Firm Films to produce.
Alaska-set project, described as “Top Gun” in the Coast Guard, is the story of a legendary rescue swimmer who, after losing his crew in a fatal crash, mentors a young recruit, teaching him the meaning of sacrifice.
Firm Films’ Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson will produce the pic, which will be overseen at Disney by senior VP of production Jason Reed and creative exec Jill Morris. Reed brought the project into the studio.
“Guardian” is the third project Firm Films has set up at Disney, alongside “Crusader” and “Big Break.”
“I’ve never seen a film about the Coast Guard,” explained Brinkerhoff. “I think it’s one of the most underappreciated branches of the military which has a unique mandate to save lives. Out of the 35,000 members of the Coast Guard there are only 280 rescue swimmers. These individuals really are the best of the best.”
Brinkerhoff, who is repped by Endeavor and attorney Robert Offer, also penned “Spares” for DreamWorks. He was formerly director of creative research at Imagine Entertainment.