Disney plants magic Beane

Shankman to helm romantic comedy 'Eddy'

Disney has paid seven figures to pick up Douglas Carter Beane’s script “Skinner’s Eddy” with choreographer-cum-helmer Adam Shankman (“The Wedding Planner”) attached to direct for producer Hyde Park Entertainment.

Pic marks the second high-profile teaming of Shankman/Hyde Park with Disney, as all three start shooting the Steve Martin/Queen Latifah starrer “In the Houze” this Friday.

“Eddy” is a romantic comedy with fantasy elements about a girl who returns home to a small town to take care of her uncle’s estate after his death. While living there she meets the perfect man, whose only flaw is that he seems too good to be true.

Hyde Park Entertainment’s David Hoberman and Shankman brought the project “Eddy” into the studio. At the studio, Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group prexy Nina Jacobson and senior VP Jason Reed are overseeing the project, which is being fast-tracked for production, for the Touchstone Pictures banner.

Hyde Park and ride

Hyde Park principals Ashok Amritraj and David Hoberman, who have a second-look deal at the Mouse House, will produce the film, which will be Shankman’s follow-up to “Houze,” with production expected to start late this year contingent on cast.

Beane, repped by UTA, is a co-founder and artistic director of the Drama Department, the award-winning New York-based theater collective whose members include Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Billy Crudup and Amy Sedaris.

He recently produced “Music From a Sparkling Planet” and is currently casting “Free to Be You and Me.”

Busy Beane

He also penned the successful Off Broadway play “As Bees in Honey Drown,” being adapted by Richard LaGravenese for Universal; and he wrote U’s “To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar.”

Shankman, repped by UTA and Brillstein-Grey, most recently directed Warner Bros.’ Mandy Moore hit “A Walk to Remember.”

Also for Hyde Park, Shankman and Beane are teaming on a project called “The Understudy,” a comedy set in the New York theater community.

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