Michael Chabon Closes Deal to Write 'Magic Kingdom' for Disney (Exclusive)
Michael Chabon has been tapped to write Magic Kingdom, Disney’s family adventure project that is being directed by Jon Favreau.
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Heat Vision first reported the author's possible involvement in March, when the Pulitzer Prize-winning author initially talked with Favreau about it but before any meetings with Disney had taken place.
Since then, deal-making quietly got under way and an agreement closed this week.
Chabon will now begin tackling a story whose details are being kept under wraps but is set in Disney’s flagship theme park and may even be connected to other parks worldwide.
Ron Moore, who revived the recent Battlestar Galactica TV series, wrote the initial draft but Kingdom re-routed into a different direction when Favreau came on board.
Strike Entertainment is producing Magic Kingdom.
Chabon is a big Disney aficionado and spent time at the Anaheim park with Favreau. He worked on the studio’s high-priority Snow White project titled The Order of the Seven as well as its upcoming adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs book series John Carter of Mars. He is also penning the book for the Broadway-bound Dumbo musical.
In non-Disney matters, Chabon and his wife, author Ayelet Waldman, are developing an HBO pilot titled Hobgoblin, which Darren Aronofsky will direct.
Chabon is repped by UTA, publishing agent Mary Evans, and attorney David Colden.
by Graeme McMillan