Disney Jump-Starts Reese Witherspoon Comedy With 'Kung Fu Panda 2' Writers (Exclusive)
Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, the writers behind the international animation smash Kung Fu Panda 2, have been tapped to write Wish List, a Disney comedy fantasy that has Reese Witherspoon attached to star. Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray of Mayhem Pictures are producing.
The new writers will kick-start the project, which was first set up at the studio in 2001 as a vehicle for a male comedy star. Witherspoon came on board during the summer, causing a search for scribes to re-engineer the script.
The story centers on a career-oriented adult whose perfectly tailored life is thrown for a loop when all the wishes she made as a child are suddenly granted.
Aibel and Berger, repped by WME and attorney Ken Richman, have staked out a thriving career in animation and the family comedy arena. On top of writing the $663 million-grossing Panda 2, the duo worked on the first Kung Fu Panda and Monsters vs Aliens, as well as TV’s King of the Hill. They also worked on Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and the latest Chipmunks installment, Chip-Wrecked, which opens December 16.
The scribes will tackle Wish List after they finish writing a big-screen take of the Hasbro board game Candyland.