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Presto! Steve Martin is returning to Disney.
The actor-comedian is in final negotiations to star in Magic Camp, a family comedy the studio is developing.
Martin’s imminent acting deal deepens his involvement with the project as it comes after he wrote the most recent draft of the script with Stu Zicherman, the writer-director behind the comedy A.C.O.D. The script was originally penned by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, the team whose credits include such films as Diary of a Wimpy Kid. (Sachs and Judah are now acting as producers on Magic Camp.)
The story tells of a straitlaced banker who returns to Magic Camp, which he attended as a shy child. This time he is a counselor who makes it his mission to improve the lives of all the kids while keeping an eye on his ultimate prize, the top spot at the Golden Wand competition.
The project is in Martin’s wheelhouse as he got his start working at Magic Shop at Disneyland and was a magician in his early days as a comic.
No director is on board.
Martin last worked with Disney with the studio’s Touchstone label on 2005’s Shopgirl and before that starred in 2003’s comedy hit Bringing Down the House. He made his mark at the studio in the 1990s with the Father of the Bride movies.
His last feature starring role was in the 2011 comedy The Big Year with Jack Black and Owen Wilson.
Zicherman also is a writer-producer on FX’s The Americans and co-created the television drama Six Degrees.
Martin is repped by WME.
Aug. 22, 3:30: Update clarifies producer status of Sachs and Judah.