LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Swiss Family Robinson" is heading back to the big screen with "Terminator 3" director Jonathan Mostow at the helm of the Disney project.
The deal also includes an arrangement for Mostow to rewrite the script. He came to the project after six months of negotiations. The film will shoot next year in Australia.
"We are very excited about the project," said Mandeville Films CEO David Hoberman, who will produce with Mandeville president Todd Lieberman.
Hoberman said he called Mostow cold to pitch him the project only to run into a little serendipity with the director. Hoberman said Mostow called Disney's 1960 feature version his favorite childhood film. Ditto for Hoberman, who came on board to produce through Mandeville after the project had been laying fallow at Disney for some time.
The original book was written by Johann David Wyss and published by his son, Johann Rudolph Wyss, in 1812. Loosely based on "Robinson Crusoe," the story follows the Robinson family after it washes ashore on an uncharted tropical island following a shipwreck. On the island, the family builds a home in a giant tree and battles the forces of nature.
Disney's 1960 version of the film starred John Mills and Dorothy McGuire. The property also has spawned several television series, including one from the mid-1970s starring a young Helen Hunt. Another "Robinson" series was produced for Canadian television a year later.