Disney gets ‘Grandma’ rights

Clete Smith's novel set for family feature

Disney has picked up the rights to Clete Smith’s yet-to-be-published novel “Grandma’s Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast” for Mandeville Films to adapt into a family feature.

Book revolves around a boy who goes to visit his hippie grandmother for the first time and discovers that her inn caters to vacationing aliens, a secret that she has been able to keep from her small town.

No scribe has yet been tapped to pen the script.

Studio-based David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman will produce the pic. Producer’s Mandeville shingle most recently was behind the four-legged laffer “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” which generated $139 million worldwide for the Mouse House. He is also producing Disney’s upcoming “Surrogates.”

Novel is a first for Smith, whose action script “Heistwise” placed in a number of screenplay contests, including the Hollywood Nexus and Script Savvy competitions. Rights to the book remain up for grabs.

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