Victoria Strouse has been tapped to tackle the script for OVERNIGHT. Formerly known as Overnight at 42nd Street, the movie tells the story of a scatterbrained, divorced man who tries to salvage what’s left of his relationship with his son. The two end up staying overnight in a huge toy store in New York City and the night becomes a Home Alone-like adventure when they attempt to stop a band of thieves.
Strouse is the latest writer to join the project, following an impressive roster of screenwriters who previously penned drafts, including Josh Heald, Oren Uziel, and John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the duo responsible for the upcoming Marvel reboot of Spider-Man.
Overnight has been in development for some time, but with a script being chipped away at by a notable list of writers, the project seems to be gaining momentum. The project got a boost from the California Film Commission last year when it was selected as one of 13 films to share $55.2 million in tax incentives through the agency’s recently re-vamped program – with an estimated $9.5 million in tax credits being given to Disney for Overnight, the most of any project selected.
After Ruben Fleischer and Steve Pink came and went as interested directors, Napoleon Dynamite‘s Jared Hess stepped in and is currently attached to direct with Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur set to produce under their Original Film banner. It also reported that they are searching for a Zach Galifianakis-type actor to fill the role of the absent-minded father. If all comes together, it could shape up to be a strong family comedy for the Mouse House.
Strouse’s star is rising, as she recently served as a writer for the upcoming Pixar animated feature Finding Dory, the follow-up to 2003’s Finding Nemo. Her involvement with such a highly-regarded franchise that effortlessly merges kid-friendly comedy and adult humor makes her a prime candidate to be the person to write a movie like Overnight.
In addition to working with Disney on Finding Dory and Overnight, Strouse has been tapped to write Tink, the live-action Tinkerbell movie starring and produced by Reese Witherspoon. Her script for the comedy The Seekers of Perpetual Love (formerly known as Apostles of Infinite Love) landed on the 2008 Black List and is currently in development with Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films and Anonymous Content.
She is repped by Verve.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer