Writing pair ready for "Fun"

Mon May 5, 2008 2:56am EDT
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By Gregg Goldstein

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have "Hours of Fun" in store working on the family comedy. Walt Disney Studios and Scott Rudin Prods. have hired the duo to rewrite the screenplay by Greg Pace.

The tentatively titled "Fun" is the story of two childhood friends who ordered a slew of novelty toys (such as X-ray glasses, Sea-Monkeys and transforming robots) from the back pages of their late-'70s comic books. Thirty years later, the toys begin living up to their wild advertising claims, forcing the pair to save their town from the ensuing chaos.

"Bones" star Francis Daley (known for his role on "Freaks and Geeks") and Goldstein ("The New Adventures of Old Christine") sold their comedy spec script "The $40,000 Man" to New Line in 2007. The studio has signed Terry Zwigoff ("Ghost World," "Bad Santa") to direct.

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<p>John Francis Daley (L) and Jaime King of the program "Kitchen Confidential" pose during a celebrity party in Santa Monica, California July 29, 2005. REUTERS/Lee Celano</p>