Disney rockers to make feature starring debut
Another hot Disney Channel act is poised to make a bigscreen splash — at 20th Century Fox.Fox has locked the Jonas Brothers to make their feature starring debut in “Walter the Farting Dog.” Based on a bestselling series of books by William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray, the film is being adapted by Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen into a family film that will revolve around Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas, as well as their younger brother Frankie. Pic shoots next spring and is a potential directing project for Peter and Bobby Farrelly, who’ll produce with Bradley Thomas through the trio’s Conundrum banner. The Jonas Brothers have become wildly popular through the boy band’s appearances playing music and acting in such Disney Channel programming as the telepic “Camp Rock.” Frankie — known as the bonus Jonas — has also gained a profile appearing with his brothers. The title character in the “Walter” books is a fat dog with severe flatulence. The brothers play musicians whose parents are asked to care for the dog by an aunt just before she passes away. “By the time they’ve driven the dog home, everybody’s head is out the window of the family station wagon but Frankie, and only because he has a serious sinus problem and doesn’t notice the stench coming from Walter,” said Peter Farrelly. While his brothers play music, Frankie and the gaseous hound get involved in a plot that involves liberating a koi fish and thwarting jewel thieves. The studio sees a potential franchise in “Walter,” and the scribes have been involved in hatching the franchises “Toy Story” and “Garfield.” They were also co-writers of the remake “Cheaper by the Dozen.” Reelfx’s Tom Kartsotis and Steve O’Brien will be exec producers. The Jonas Brothers are repped by CAA and managed by Kevin Jonas and Phil Levine.