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‘Boomerang’ comes back to Disney

Witherspoon shingle to produce pic

The Walt Disney Co. has paid low-against high-six figures to acquire the script “Boomerang” by Dennis Osborne.

Project was previously set up at Disney in 1999, but that option lapsed and studio subsequently revisited the script and bought it again.

Reese Witherspoon’s Type A Films will produce the pic for the studio; Witherspoon and her producing partner Jennifer Simpson will produce and Osborne will co-produce.

The dark comedy concerns a young woman’s very unorthodox journey into adulthood.

Pic will be overseen at the studio for the Touchstone Pictures label by Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group prexy Nina Jacobson and VPs Jeff Clifford and Jill Morris.

Osborne previously sold the spec “Crossing Belmont” to Scott Rudin at Paramount.

Scribe also recently acquired the feature film rights to “Birds of Passage” by Bernice Rubens from publisher Summit Books. Book is a sophisticated comedy of manners about two women in their 60s who, while on a Mediterranean cruise, have their friendship tested by a brutal experience onboard they unknowingly share. Osborne will also produce the pic, for which financing is being put together.

Osborne is also currently penning a novel, a contemporary supernatural sci-fi thriller set in Seattle, that will be completed by the end of the summer.

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