In the toon tradition of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” Interscope has purchased “Father Figure,” a script by Jeff Hause and David Hines, about a man who discovers his dad’s a cartoon character.
The film, a co-production between Interscope and Storyline Prods., will mix live action with animation.
The script was sold by Steve White and David Warden of Warden White & Kane for $ 150,000 against $ 350,000, with bonuses bringing the total to $ 500,000, sources said.
Wacky plot twist
“Father Figure” is about a lawyer, on the fast track but growing disillusioned, whose world is turned upside down when his mother finally reveals the identity of his father: Wacky Wolf, a cartoon character who swept her off her feet after he briefly broke through the barrier separating animation from reality.
The lawyer vows to find his father, regaining a sense of fun in his life in the process.
The film will be produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron of Storyline, and Kevin Morton.
The buyers at Interscope were Diane Nabatoff and David Madden. The film will be distributed through Buena Vista.
It’s the second sale for the scribes, who set up “Exchange Student” with Ivan Reitman at Universal.
The scribes live in Oceanside, and divide their time between writing and caring for patients with Alzheimer’s disease.