EXCLUSIVE: Phil Lord and Chris Miller in Talks to Direct Disney's 'Bob the Musical'
The "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" co-writer-directors would develop and direct the musical comedy
Phil Lord and Chris Miller may end up singing for their supper.
The Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs co-writer-directors are in talks with Disney to develop and direct the comedy Bob the Musical. If they end up making their deals, Miller and Lord will have to work around directing Sony’s live-action feature revamp of 21 Jump Street, which is tentatively looking at a spring shoot with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum starring.
Bob follows a regular guy who, after a blow to the head, suddenly can hear the inner songs of everyone’s hearts as his reality is instantly turned into a musical, much to his dismay. Marc Shaiman, who composed the original music for Hairspray, is writing the music and lyrics for Bob.
The project has moved through several writing-directing iterations throughout its development. Mike Bender (Reign Over Me) wrote a version that Adam Shankman (Hairspray) was going to direct. Then Babaloo Mandel and Lowell Ganz (Fever Pitch) penned a script that Mark Waters (Mean Girls) would direct.
Along with the project’s producers, which include Benderspink’s Chris Bender and J.C. Spink and Contrafilm’s Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson, Lord and Miller plan to bring on a new writer to do more work on the script.
The pair is repped by UTA.