Songwriter Bret McKenzie and author Michael Chabon are joining Disney’s musical comedy “Bob the Musical.”
The project, in which a man suffers a head injury and can subsequently hear everyone’s inner song, is being produced by Chris Bender, JC Spink, Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson and Jennifer Gibgot. “The Artist’s” Michel Hazanavicius has been attached to direct. “Bob the Musical” has been in development for more than a decade with script work by Mike Bender, John August and the team of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel.
McKenzie, who won an Oscar for the song “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets Movie,” is on board to write tunes for “Bob the Musical.” He also won a Grammy with Jemaine Clement for their “Flight of the Conchords” comedy album.
Chabon is in talks to work on script for the project. He wrote “Wonder Boys,” “Telegraph Avenue” and “The Yiddish Policeman’s Union” and won a Pulitzer Prize for the novel “The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.”
He has writing screenwriting credits on 2004’s “Spider-Man 2” and “John Carter.”
Chabon is repped by UTA, publishing agent Mary Evans, and attorney David Colden. The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.