Writer Michael Arndt Takes a Crack at Disney's 'Phineas & Ferb' Movie
Here's some rather interesting screenwriting news that hit the web over the weekend. The LA Times reports that Oscar winning screenwriter Michael Arndt has been hired by Disney to take a crack at the Phineas & Ferb feature film in the works at the Mouse House. It's based on the popular animated Disney Channel series, created by Jeff "Swampy" Marsh and Dan Povenmire first premiered in 2007, that follows Phineas Flynn and his English stepbrother Ferb Fletcher on summer vacation. The movie, however, will feature a mix of live-action and animation, which is why Arndt is being brought in the mix to "polish" the script next.
The first draft of the script was written by co-creators Jeff "Swampy" Marsh and Dan Povenmire, and now it's up to Arndt to work from there. Michael Arndt won an Oscar in 2007 for writing Little Miss Sunshine, then went to work for Pixar on the Toy Story 3 screenplay, as well as writing the Rock of Ages script and working on Snow and the Seven, or The Order of the Seven, also for Disney. I haven't ever watched Phineas & Ferb myself, but this is a very interesting development nonetheless, as it shows Disney is trying to make it more than just an extended episode. As for what exactly it will be like in the end, I'm not entirely sure, but Disney already has this scheduled to hit theaters on July 26th, 2013, so we'll be sure to keep you updated.