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Disney books kids stuff from Zappa
By Borys Kit The Hollywood Reporter
Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films won a bidding war to buy "The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless," an upcoming children's book by Ahmet Zappa.
The book follows a brother and sister who discover they belong to a family of legendary monster hunters and must journey to a far-off castle to rescue their father from the most fearsome monster of all. Zappa, a sometime actor and son of rocker Frank Zappa, illustrated the more than 300 monsters in the book.
The book originally began in 2003 as a recipe book for kids -- the recipes were to create "antidotes" to ward off the monsters -- but Random House liked what it saw and asked for a chapter book. Random House will publish it in August.
According to sources, Disney and Bruckheimer beat out Warners, which was bidding for Heyday Films and Bueller Films, as well as Paramount, who was bidding for Plan B. Neither Paramount nor Warners responded to calls for comment.
Bruckheimer and Bruckheimer Film production president Chad Oman met with Zappa on Monday, with Zappa coming away feeling that, among the suitors, Bruckheimer would make the journey from page to screen the fastest.
Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group president Nina Jacobson and senior vp production Brad Epstein spearheaded the purchase on the Disney end. Epstein will oversee the movie for the studio.
Bruckheimer will produce, while Oman and Bruckheimer Films president Mike Stenson will executive produce.
Sources said the deal is in the seven figures.
Zappa is repped by Helen Breitwieser at Cornerstone Literary Agency, Hotchkiss & Associates and attorney John Laviolette. This is his first book.