Mouse antes up for project tilted to Allen
Walt Disney Pictures has paid low- against mid-six figures to purchase an untitled high-concept comedy as a vehicle for Tim Allen to topline.Pic is being penned by the ICM-repped actor-scribe Kevin Pollak, who appears with Allen in Disney’s upcoming Christmas release “The Santa Clause 2.” The WMA-repped Allen, who is also managed by Messina Baker, will also produce through his Boxing Cat Prods. with the company’s president of production, Matt Carroll. Carroll brought in the project and will oversee its development with Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group prexy Nina Jacobson and senior VP of production Karen Glass. Deal falls under Allen’s first-look deal at the studio. It is unclear at this stage whether Pollak will have a role in the pic. Details of pitch are being kept under tight wraps. The high-concept family comedy centers around a wealthy man who comes across an unusual character who ends up having a positive influence on his life and character. Pollak brought the idea to Allen and the two then developed it together. Pic marks the first major studio writing gig for Pollak, who previously wrote and will direct an untitled psychological mystery for StudioCanal that he will produce alongside his producing partner Lucy Webb at their shingle Calm Down Prods.