“Wedding Banned” pulled from Disney slate
Less than a month after beaching “Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” Disney’s new studio chief has put the kibosh on “Wedding Banned,” a romantic comedy to have starred Robin Williams and Diane Keaton.
“Banned” revolves around a long-divorced couple (Williams and Keaton) who kidnap their daughter (Anna Faris) on her wedding day to prevent her from making the same mistakes they did. The parents rekindle their relationship as they elude cops and the angry groom. The film’s production company, Mandevile Films, is now free to shop it around town.
The decision by Walt Disney Studios chairman Rich Ross to drop the project surprised some observers since “Banned” seemed to be in the mold of such other studio hit comedies as “The Proposal” and “Wild Hogs.” But one factor in the decision was the poor showing of another Disney comedy starring Williams, “Old Dogs,” which has grossed $35 million since its November 25 opening.
So far Ross, who stepped into the top job in September, has put into development a remake of “The Black Hole,” with “Tron Legacy” director Joseph Kosinksi at the helm, and has picked up the rights to the book series “Fallen.”