Caravan Pictures has acquired Steven L. Bloom and Robert Rodat’s spec script “Tall Tale,” a dramatic adventure Joe Roth and Roger Birnbaum will produce for the Disney banner under their overall deal at the studio.
Sources said Caravan optioned the material for more than $ 200,000 against a purchase price of $ 650,000 to $ 750,000 in a deal brokered by Creative Artists Agency’s David O’Connor, who represents Bloom, and indie agent Maggie Field on behalf of Rodat.
The story follows the adventures of a 10-year-old boy who seeks the help of three legendary characters — Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan and John Henry — to save his family and home from a villainous man.
Birnbaum said he and Roth are “very, very keen” on the material, which he described as “a very well-written family adventure that we see as being the perfect kind of film for Disney.”
The producer added, “We read this, liked it and decided we are going to make this movie.” He said Caravan plans to seek a director and “try and do the movie this year.”
Bloom co-wrote with Jonathan Roberts the 1985 Rob Reiner comedy “The Sure Thing,” which was the first movie Birnbaum produced. Bloom also co-wrote with Lorne Cameron the 1987 TriStar release “Like Father, Like Son,” starring Dudley Moore.
Bloom and Rodat previously collaborated on the unproduced script “Rogues” for Kings Road.
Rodat penned “The Christmas Conspiracy,” a long-in-development project for producers Laura Ziskin and Susan Landau. His other feature screenplay credits include “Hucksters” for Imagine and TriStar; “Dancing in the Dark” for Columbia Pictures and producer Larry Mark; “Strangehearts” for New Regency; and most recently “Inspector General” for Interscope.
While he has had no features produced, Rodat’s telepic “The Comrades of Summer” was made by Grossbart/Barnett Prods. and aired on HBO last summer with Joe Mantegna starring.