October 19, 2005

Disney books kids’ stuff from Zappa

By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Walt Disney Pictures and
Jerry Bruckheimer Films won a bidding war to buy "The Monstrous
Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless," an upcoming children's book by
Ahmet Zappa.

The book follows a brother and sister who discover they
belong to a family of legendary monster hunters and must
journey to a far-off castle to rescue their father from the
most fearsome monster of all. Zappa, a sometime actor and son
of rocker Frank Zappa, also created illustrations for the more
than 300 monsters named in the book.

The book, Zappa's first, began in 2003 as a recipe book for
kids -- the recipes were for "antidotes" to ward off the
monsters -- but Random House liked what it saw and asked for a
chapter book. Random House will publish it in August.

According to sources, Disney and Bruckheimer beat out
Warners, which was bidding for Heyday Films and Bueller Films,
as well as Paramount, who was bidding for Plan B. Neither
Paramount nor Warners responded to calls for comment.

Bruckheimer and Bruckheimer Films production president Chad
Oman met with Zappa on Monday, with Zappa coming away feeling
that, among the suitors, Bruckheimer would make the journey
from page to screen the fastest.

Sources said the deal is in the seven figures.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter