Disney picks up 'Self-Guided' spec


By Borys Kit
The Hollywood Reporter
April 2, 2008

Disney has picked up "Self-Guided," a spec from scribe Jared Stern. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing through their Mandeville Films.

The story centers on a man who magically goes back to high school as a guidance counselor to give advice to his younger self.

The spec sold for mid- against high-six figures.

Lieberman was in Boston prepping the company's Disney romantic-comedy "The Proposal," starring Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock, when he was sent the script and fell for it. Disney exec Kristin Burr, who is overseeing "Proposal," also was in Beantown, and Lieberman pressed her to read the script. Burr also fell for it and brought it into the studio. She will oversee.

Mandeville is in prep on Jonathan Mostow's sci-fi adventure "The Surrogates," starring Bruce Willis.

Stern, who came out of an overall deal at Disney feature animation, worked on "Toy Story 3" and has a half-hour pilot at NBC in contention titled "The Sandbox," with Doug Liman attached to direct.
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