- She Spun Films bought The Beast In The Jungle, based on the Henry James short story of the same title, copyright 1903. The story follows John Marcher, who believes he is destined for a special fate, and waits for this fate to occur rather than living life. Ultimately he is left a broken man. Edward Ricourt, another unknown, wrote the drama. Sounds like a bad offshoot of philosophy, in the vein of Matrix Reloaded.
- A younger woman and an older man fall in love, but everybody in their respective worlds tries to break them up, since no one believes they're sincere in Aline Brosh-McKenna's Trophy Wives’ Club. Walt Disney Pictures bought the romantic comedy based on a pitch. Aline wrote Three to Tango and Laws of Attraction and has two other films in production this year.
- As we reported earlier in Variety in 60 Seconds, Walt Disney and Spyglass Entertainment announced Underdog. Here's some more info: the script, of course, is based on the animated TV series created by Buck Biggers and Chet Stover, about a diminutive hound named Shoeshine who gets superpowers after a lab accident. When he's adopted by a 12-year-old boy, the two form a bond around the shared knowledge that Shoeshine is really Underdog. Joe Piscatella and Craig A. Williams wrote the script. Williams appears to be a complete unknown, and Piscatella wrote something for television in 2002 entitled Legendary Lives of Movie Spies: XXX which nobody has heard of. The film will be live action with some CGI. I'm afraid we have another Garfield on our hands ... errr, paws, and that's not a good thing.