Comedy based on Becker's novel

Disney has tapped “Wild Hogs” helmer Walt Becker to direct “Link,” an action adventure comedy based on a Becker novel published in 1998.

Mandeville partners David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman will produce.

The director and the producers will find a writer to adapt the novel, which concerns a paleontologist and maverick scientist who go in search of the missing link.”It started out as a feature film pitch that Sid Sheinberg optioned, and I was going to write it until I got a greenlight on my first film, ‘Buying the Cow,’ and he was gracious enough to let me out,” Becker said. Disney is also continuing to pursue a sequel to “Wild Hogs” with Becker; stars Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy are all working on deals to return. Brad Copeland, who wrote the original, is penning the sequel.

Pic has been a box office surprise, grossing $135.4 million in its first five weeks.

Becker is scouting his next film, “Old Dogs,” with Robin Williams in negotiations to join John Travolta.

After that, Becker hopes to tackle “Link.”

“Link” deal is the second for Becker with Hoberman and Lieberman, who recently set up the pitch “Runt” at Dimension. Becker is penning that script with David Gallagher.

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