Steve Martin & Disney Up to New Tricks with 'Magic Camp' Comedy
Fans of Steven Martin may recall that the comedian and actor has a history with Disney in more ways than one. Martin has starred in Shopgirl (which he also wrote), Bringing Down the House and two Father of the Bride films (a third has been rumored but debunked by the actor himself), all from Touchstone Pictures, which can be found under the Disney banner. But decades ago, before he got famous, Martin actually worked at the Magic Shop at Disneyland, and even performed magic in his early comedy career. And now he'll get his magical groove back as THR reports he will lead the family comedy Magic Camp.
Here's a video of Steve Martin doing magic as The Great Flydini from "The Tonight Show" in 1992:
The original script comes from Diary of a Wimpy Kid writers Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, but they're not only producing the film as a new draft has been completed by Stu Zicherman, the man behind the hilarious Sundance comedy A.C.O.D. with Adam Scott and Amy Poehler. The story follows an adult banker who returns to Magic Camp, which he attended as a shy child. But now he's a counselor who makes it his mission to improve the lives of all the kids while keeping an eye on his ultimate prize, the top spot at the Golden Wand competition.
Sounds like there's the potential for silliness as Martin has become accustomed to delivering in The Pink Panther and Cheaper by the Dozen, but it would be nice if the film offered more than low-brow, easy, slapstick humor. Despite a legacy of greatness in the comedy world, Martin has struggled to turn in good work on the big screen for years now, and that's a shame. As of now there's no director on board for Magic Camp, so we hope Disney finds someone to put behind the camera who can get Martin back on top to relive his glory days as a relevant and influential comedian.