Tinkerbell, Banks ready to take flight in new film
Tinkerbell is getting ready to take flight at Disney in “Tink,” a live-action romantic comedy that has Elizabeth Banks attached to star and Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and McG guiding the pic’s flightplan to the bigscreen as producers.Concept for the project, for which the deals are being wrapped up, plays with the mischievous nature of the Tinkerbell character. It was developed by Banks with Max Handelman, who co-runs the thesp’s production shingle, Brownstone Prods., and Matt Smith of Offspring Entertainment. Offspring, the shingle run by Shankman and Gibgot, is based on the Disney lot. McG and Mary Viola will produce through their Wonderland Entertainment banner. Elizabeth Wright Shapiro, who helped develop the project, along with McG, will write the script. Credit Smith for getting so many filmmakers aflutter over “Tink.” The development exec initially worked with Banks and Handelman on the project while at Wonderland and continued to champion the pic after moving to Offspring. Shapiro and Banks have collaborated on projects in the past. They include “Keiko,” to which Banks is attached to direct. Shapiro will write and star in the pic. Scribe is also set to guest star in FX’s “The League” and appear in Ruben Fleischer’s “30 Minutes or Less.” Ted Hope and Anne Carrey’s This Is That will produce “Keiko.” Scribe also penned “Allies With Benefits,” which Scott Free is set to produce. Project is the latest from Banks’ shingle to land a home at a studio. Banks’ Brownstone shingle most recently produced Disney’s sci-fi thriller “The Surrogates,” with Mandeville Films. It also has “Forever 21″ at DreamWorks and “Pitch Perfect,” at Universal. Banks stars in Paul Haggis’ “The Next Three Days,” opposite Russell Crowe, and “The Details,” with Tobey Maguire. She is filming the comedy “My Idiot Brother” and will continue to guest on NBC’s “30 Rock.” She is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment. “Tink” becomes the second high-profile pic Offspring has set up in days, following a workplace laffer starring Zac Efron that it will produce at Warner Bros. and Efron’s production shingle, Ninjas Runnin’ Wild. It has “Step Up 3D” and “Going the Distance” bowing from Disney and New Line in August.
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