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Disney has got its first project under the Rich Ross regime.
The studio, which Ross took over last week as chairman, has picked up “What’s He Got?” a comedy project from Kevin Bisch, with Josh Duhamel attached to star. Andrew Panay, Brian Sher and Walt Becker are producing, with Becker possibly directing as well.
Plot details are not what we got, though it is known to be a buddy comedy under the Disney banner.
Bisch’s deal was in the mid to high-six figures, a not insignificant amount in this time where many studios such as Universal and Warner Bros. have run out of development funds while others are scaling back buying projects that are not comic book or toy brand-related.
Oren Aviv and Kristin Burr, who bought the pitch in the room, are overseeing.
Panay, a former partner at Tapestry Films with credits such as “Wedding Crashers” under his belt, is a Disney-based producer while Sher is a former ICM agent who struck on his own with management-production shingle Category 5.
Becker directed “Van Wilder” which Panay produced. The two reteamed for the upcoming Disney comedy “Old Dogs,” starring John Travolta and Robin Williams. Becker also directed “Wild Hogs” for Disney, the surprise hit which grossed $168 million domestically in 2007.
Bisch, repped by WME and Category 5, wrote “Hitch” and set up a family comedy with Panay at Disney in 2005.
Duhamel, last seen in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” next stars opposite Kristen Bell in “When In Rome” for Disney. He is currently shooting “Life as We Know It” with Katherine Heigl. He is repped by ICM and John Carrabino Management.
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