Disney takes 'Science Fair' prize
Nabs family adventure spec from writer John Sullivan
By Jay A. Fernandez
June 16, 2008, 01:00 AM
Give that guy his blue ribbon.
Writer John Sullivan has sold his family adventure spec "Science Fair" to Disney for $275,000 against $575,000. With echoes of "Night at the Museum," the screenplay centers on a science fair where all of the kids' projects -- think papier-mache volcanos and fungus -- come to life.
A mild bidding war broke out last week between Walden Media and Disney until Buena Vista Pictures president Oren Aviv and executive vp production and development Brigham Taylor pocketed first prize.http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/...90fc64cb5d2169"I grew up on stuff like 'Explorers' and 'Goonies' and 'Weird Science,' " said Sullivan, whose mother teaches sixth grade. "I really wanted to explore something that was more family-friendly and something that I would actually like to go see myself if I was 12-16. There's a lot of wish fulfillment in that. Movies like this are just fun to write."