‘Chicken’ pair sell Disney on ‘Missing’ pitch

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – The two scribes who wrote the Disney cartoon hit “Chicken Little” are reteaming with the studio for the live-action family comedy “The Missing Link.” Disney paid mid-six figures for Ron Friedman and Steve Bencich’s pitch, which is described as a monkey spy adventure in the vein of “The Bourne Identity.”

Friedman and Bencich, who are best known for their animation work including Disney’s “Brother Bear,” recently branched out into nonanimated fare and sold the live-action pitch “The Treehouse” to Warner Bros. Pictures. They also did rewrites on Sony Pictures Animation’s “Open Season,” which bows on September 29, and Universal Pictures’ February release, “Curious George.”

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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