Disney drinks in 'Southern Comfort'

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Disney has acquired the rights to a romantic-comedy pitch from scribe Gren Wells.

The Kentucky-set "Southern Comfort" focuses on themes of life, friendship and family.

John Strauss ("The Santa Clause 2 & 3"), who collaborated on the concept with Wells, will produce under his Frontier Pictures shingle. Louanne Brickhouse is shepherding the project for Disney.

Wells also is penning a pilot for Showtime/Fox 21 Studios, which is based on Allan MacDonell's novel "Prisoner of X." MacDonell is serving as co-writer, and Little Engine will produce.

Wells is repped by WMA; Brad Mendelsohn, who has just joined New Wave Entertainment; and attorneys Greg Gellman and Kevin Yorn.

Strauss is repped by Endeavor.
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