Poof! Pair to rewrite 'Magician'


Actor John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are conjuring up a rewrite of the New Line/ Benderspink comedy "Burt Dickenson, Most Powerful Magician on the Planet Earth."

Chad Kultgen's original screenplay follows a big-time Las Vegas illusionist whose pre- eminence is threatened by a younger "extreme magician."

Daley (Fox's "Bones") and fellow Endeavor client Goldstein have another rewrite in development at Disney and Scott Rudin Prods., the family comedy "Hours of Fun."

The pair last year sold their comedic spec script "The $40,000 Man" to New Line and Benderspink, one of several projects the studio and production company have made together ("A History of Violence") or have in development ("Torrente").

Benderspink is producing "Magician" with Tyler Mitchell, who wrote the original story with Kultgen. New Line's Dave Neustadter and Richard Brener will oversee the project for the studio. (partialdiff)