Walt Disney Studios has inked Offspring Entertainment partners Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot to a second term.
The studio has also bought several comedies for the duo, several of which Shankman is expected to direct.
Shankman, who directed the Touchstone hit “Bringing Down the House,” recently wrapped his second Disney outing, the Vin Diesel comedy “The Pacifier.”
Offspring is developing with Mandeville Films a Randi Mayem Singer-scripted “Topper” remake that will reteam Shankman and Steve Martin. The director is also eyeing as a possible next film “The Other Guy,” a script that Disney has purchased by Brent Goldberg and David Wagner (“The Girl Next Door”). The comedy revolves around a man in his 40s whose boredom with marriage leads him to lose his wife. By the time he comes to his senses, she has begun falling in love with a man half the husband’s age.
Offspring has also made Disney deals on two other relationship comedies that shape up as potential directorial vehicles for Shankman.
“The Fiance” is a Jennifer Robinson and Dyanne Stempel script about a woman who dumps her fiance and is shocked when her family embraces the shattered beau and invites him to live in their home.
Offspring also just set up “Overparenting,” a comedy written by “Cheaper by the Dozen” scribe Sam Harper about a husband and wife who are so overjoyed that their painfully shy five-year-old son has made his first friend that they agree to vacation with the pal’s family. The result is the Hawaiian holiday from hell.
As Shankman knocks down those comedies one by one, Offspring will likely get its first Disney producing credit on a homegrown project with an untitled teenage dance film that is being scripted by “The O.C.” writer Melissa Rosenberg and is being crafted as a directing vehicle for Anne Fletcher. She was a Shankman protege before he turned from dance choreography to comedies. The film, which will be produced by Shankman and Gibgot and co-financed by Summit, is on track to begin production next year.
The Offspring deal was made with Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group president Nina Jacobson.
“Adam has these great comedic instincts, he knows how to find the job and heart in every project he tackles,” Jacobson said.
Shankman and Gibgot are siblings, and he drafted her from Miramax-based Tapestry Films, where she co-produced “She’s All That.” She then produced his first comic vehicle “The Wedding Planner.” Shankman followed that by directing “A Walk to Remember” with Mandy Moore and Shane West.
Aside from the feature projects, Offspring has also made a deal for its first TV series through 20th Century Fox. NBC has committed to a pilot script for “The Assistants,” a comedy hatched by Brian Fuller (“Wonderfalls”) about a group of assistants who work in the same building in a number of different industries. The aim is to take an “Upstairs Downstairs” look at assistants and their bosses. Fuller will write the pilot and exec produce with Shankman and Gibgot.