Disney has set Jonathan Mostow to direct its remake of “Swiss Family Robinson,” which will be produced by Mandeville’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Mostow will take the script by Greg Poirier and rewrite it with Sam Montgomery, Mostow’s scripting partner on his first two directorial efforts, “Breakdown” and “U-571.” Mandeville has been trying for a long time to figure out a way to retell the classic survival story of a family shipwrecked on an uncharted South Pacific island. The producer and studio considered putting the tale into a contemporary setting, but Buena Vista Motion Picture Group president Nina Jacobson suggested changing it back to the book’s 19th-century period after she watched the studio’s original movie. “Mixing a classic period Disney film with an event-movie director like Jonathan is exactly the combination we were hoping for,” Lieberman said.
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