Jon Turteltaub Looks to Direct Chubby Kid Sports Fantasy 'Beached'

August 28, 2012
Source: THR


We've seen a Jamaican bobsledding team in Cool Runnings, a grade school kid pitch for the Chicago Cubs in Rookie of the Year and a dog play basketball in Air Bud, but this next fantastical family sports flick just sounds too silly. THR has word that Jon Tuteltaub, the man behind Disnsey's National Treasure movies and interesting take on The Sorcerer's Apprentice (and the aforemetnioned bobsledding sports flick) will direct Beached, a film about a husky 4-year old kid who falls overboard his family's boat and ends up being raised by whales. But the kicker is that this kid goes on to become a champion Olympic swimmer. What?!

This sounds like a "Saturday Night Live" parody, but the film has been in development since 1997, and seems to be gaining traction at Fox. Ted Griffin (writer of Ocean's 11 and Tower Heist) is behind the original script, but Turteltaub will oversee a rewriter of the script. I don't know if Fox is counting on the popularity of swimming at the Olympics with athletes like Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte bringing in audiences to the theaters, but the story just sounds ridiculous. Unless it has a tongue-in-cheek nature poking fun at underdog sports dramas, then I have a feeling this is going to be a dud. How about you?

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a kid got raised by whales? this is just ridiculous. they really must be running out of ideas.

truong18 on Aug 28, 2012


That kid looks painfully fat, looks like he can't even open his eyes , wtf is wrong with parents, if that was my kid there'd be 4 padlocks on the fridge.

Christopher Philip Cinquegrano on Aug 28, 2012


I have a fat son and a skinny son and I look like a complete dick if we're in a restaurant and I allow the skinny one to have ice cream, but the fat one can't. Plus this hurts his self esteem which forces him to want to eat more as a coping mechanism to get the endorphins that eating can give a person. It's a crappy situation, but I wouldn't say that I'm at fault because I sincerely hate that I spend twice as much on food per week and never have any donuts left when I go to get one (even though I hide them and keep a webcam on them). I tried the padlock thing too and he ate dried ramen and an entire jar of peanut butter. I'm open to suggestions, but every time I talk to him about his eating he just cries and tells everyone in his life that his Dad calls him fat all the time.

Matt Peloquin on Aug 28, 2012


Hey Matt, I was a bigger as a kid, I would not say obese, but a doctor might (according to the BMI). I would try and explain the best you can that if your son does not want to feel "bad", then he needs to DO something about it. Sitting around, crying, and eating all the time will only make the problem get worse. If you want to avoid the direct approach, try and just get him outside more. I would avoid team sports because kids are dicks and they will probably just tease him about his weight (that happened to me, so grain of salt and all), try you and him time: walking around the park, playing catch, or hide and seek. He probably knows he is bigger that the other kids, so I do not think you need to tell him he is fat. Also. having him prepare some parts of a meal may be good. If you do not already, get him eating vegetables like celery and carrots are easy/cheap, just do not get the ranch out. Fruit may be eaten, but not an unlimited amount, as they are mostly sugar (i.e. fructose), so like, one orange or one apple.

DAVIDPD on Aug 28, 2012


Thanks for the advice guys, it actually gave me some ideas. You were right about team sports, we tried baseball this year and the kids were pretty mean, but he stuck with it and did pretty well. I'll try having him help me prepare some more elaborate foods from now on too, maybe if he sees all the work that goes into preparation he'll actually savor the food and not just chug it down in 2 seconds and look for more. I always try to get him to go to the park with his brother, sister, and me, but he usually just wants to sit on the computer and play games. It's hard for me to pull him away from the computer to get outside because I was glued to the computer at his age too and ended up as a network security engineer. I'll try to keep healthier foods around, but I know the rest of the family is going to have some complaints about that. He's actually been expressing interest in becoming a chef when he gets older so maybe I can take him to visit a restaurant and get the chef there to explain healthy living to him seeing as he doesn't want to listen to me.

Matt Peloquin on Aug 29, 2012


you have to be stern bro or its gonna kill him, not even joking, keep only healthy stuff in the house in small amounts an keep the rest outside like in a shed, foot locker , car trunk ,etc locked , once he gets to the weight he should be the rest will fall in place. Its crucial when their young. Don't worry what he calls u , your the dad , what would happin if he died ? what would he call u then . P.S. You can go minutes without air, days without water but months wihout food.

Christopher Philip Cinquegrano on Aug 28, 2012


Guy, the kid's Asian. // If you want to see some one who is so fat, she cannot open her eyes all the way looks at Gaboray Sidibe, not sure if the spelling's right, but I do not care enough to double check.

DAVIDPD on Aug 28, 2012


I almost died laughing just from the pic of the fat kid and then i saw that it was called "Beached" and i laughed even harder then i saw that the kid went on to be an olympic swimmer and i lost all hope for this movie. It might have been good if it was like a parody of tarzan or something.

superfan on Aug 28, 2012



rennmaxbeta on Aug 28, 2012


nice post

James Lipson on Sep 6, 2012

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