'Sleeping Beauty' Comedy in the Works From Producer Neal Moritz (Exclusive)
With Disney in production on the Angelina Jolie starrer Maleficent, producer Neal Moritz is moving forward with a comedy take of on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that turns the slumbering sweetie into a pesky stalker.
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The 21 Jump Street producer is developing a modern-day retelling that finds the male protagonist accidently awakening Sleeping Beauty and finding that he can't get rid of the lovestruck heroine.
Although Moritz's Original Film banner has its deal at Sony, Sleeping Beauty is not yet set up at the studio and is being developed internally.
Original's Amanda Lewis is shepherding the pic, which is being penned by Mike Gagerman and Andrew Waller. Corey May and Dooma Wenschuh of Sekretagent Prods. are also producing.
Moritz, best known for producing high-octane actioners like the Fast & Furious franchise, has proved adept with comedy as well, as evidenced by the box-office hit 21 Jump Street, which is being given the sequel treatment.
by the Associated Press
by Mia Galuppo, Kimberly Nordyke