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Disney goes into orbit with Landis pitch

Andrew Panay on board to produce untitled project

On the hunt for potential film franchises that can benefit all of the company’s divisions, Disney has picked up an untitled space adventure pitch from “Chronicle” scribe Max Landis. Andrew Panay is on board to produce.

Project revolves around the emotional journey of a brother and sister as they undertake an epic adventure.

As Disney produces fewer films, it’s looking to greenlight high-profile tentpoles that can prop up all of its businesses, from consumer products to theme parks. The deal with Landis comes just weeks after the Mouse House tapped Brian Beletic to helm an untitled action adventure featuring a young group of explorers and extreme sports junkies.

Landis has momentum as a feature scribe, having locked down a deal with Fox last year to pen a Frankenstein script for the studio and a fantasy thriller based on the “Pied Piper.” John Davis is attached to produce both projects.

The scribe also wrote “Amnesty,” which Ron Howard is helming for Universal, and action comedy “Good Time Gang” for Robin Schorr’s RCR Pictures.

“Chronicle,” 20th Century Fox’s docu-style account of three Seattle teens who develop superpowers after being exposed to a mysterious substance in the woods, bows Feb. 3. Pic’s trailer has generated a lot of heat in social-media circles. Josh Trank helms.

Landis’ script is one of the first that Panay (“Wedding Crashers”) has picked up through his Disney-based Panay Films banner since reupping a two-year first-look deal with the studio late last year.

Panay is attached to an untitled comedy set to star Molly Shannon, baseball dramedy “Late in the Count,” which Bradley Cooper is eyeing; body-swapping laffer “Something Cliqued”; and “The Girlfriend Equation,” a romantic comedy based on a story from radio’s “This American Life.”

Panay’s previous credits for Disney include “When in Rome” and “Old Dogs.”

Landis is repped by WME and Circle of Confusion.

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