Chabat to produce; Aibel, Berger to pen project
The Walt Disney Co. has paid a six-figure sum to acquire an untitled romantic comedy pitch from French actor-director-producer Alain Chabat.
Pic will be produced by Chabat with his partners Alex Berger and Stephanie Danan through Chabat’s production shingle, Wamerica Prods., the American affiliate of his French company, Chez Wam.
It is unclear yet who will direct.
Pic, being penned by Emmy-winning writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger (“King of the Hill”), is the story of a woman who dumps her superhero but commitment-phobic boyfriend in favor of a regular Joe.
However, when both men realize she is the girl of their dreams, they become embroiled in a love triangle.
The superhero, now lonely and self-destructive — and facing rising crime due to his distraction over the lost love — is left wondering how he can win her back.
Meanwhile, the normal guy has to live up to her ex and find the superhero within himself to win her heart.
Pic is being overseen at Disney by Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group senior VP of production Brad Epstein and creative exec Casey Wolfe.
Chabat, repped by Endeavor, most recently wrote and directed the $120 French box office hit “Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra.”
His new French pic, “RRRrrrr!!!,” a prehistoric comedy that he wrote, directed and produced via his French company Chez Wam and StudioCanal, will be released today.
Aibel and Berger, also repped by Endeavor, are in an overall TV deal with Fox. Duo also penned “Freddy vs. Jason” for New Line and “Surviving Christmas” for DreamWorks.