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" sequels), 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 at New Wave Entertainment; and attorneys Greg Gellman and Kevin Yorn.

Strauss is repped by Endeavor.
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