Walden in touch with Venokur's 'Inner Child'


With a goal to add family comedies to its slate, Walden Media has picked up a pitch by Ross Venokur titled "Inner Child."

The project marks the first acquisition by newly appointed Walden co-CEO Michael Bostick. The deal was brought to Walden by Amanda Morgan Palmer, who just came aboard as senior vp development and production.

The story centers on an uptight dad whose life is turned upside down when his inner child takes control of his life.

Walden has been successful producing films in which the protagonist is a young adult, including the "Narnia" franchise and "Bridge to Terabithia."

But it has yet to really tap into films with an adult protagonist, Bostwick said.

"It's a big idea … with themes of reawakening the imagination in us all," Bostwick said. "It's a step in a new direction, which is expanding the definition of a PG-rated family film."

"Inner Child" will be part of Walden's venture with Fox to market and release family films. The studio has released with Walden "Nim's Island" and "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium." (partialdiff)