'Rookie' writer sells true 'Parent Trap'-ish story

Walt Disney Pictures has acquired an untitled pitch by Mike Rich.

Studio and writer were vague on the idea, allowing only that it’s based on a true story with elements of “Sleepless in Seattle” and “The Parent Trap.”

Deal brings Rich back to Disney, where he scripted “The Rookie” and “Secretariat,” about the 1973 Triple Crown-winning race horse. Rich’s last credit was “The Nativity Story.”

The film will be produced by Scott Sanders, with Mara Jacobs aboard as executive producer.

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