Disney Drops Rom-Com “Wedding Banned”

Disney Pictures has put its romantic comedy “Wedding Banned” into turnaround, leaving Mandevile Films free to shop it around town says The Hollywood Reporter.

“Banned” revolves around a long-divorced couple (Robin Williams and Diane 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.

Filming was set to begin next year but the studio’s discarding of the film is likely due to the failure of Disney comedy “Old Dogs” which scored scathing reviews and a mere $35 million take since its opening on Thanksgiving.

It’s also another sign of new chief Rich Ross’ retooling of the studio’s rather thin 2011 slate just a month after the studio scuttled its “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” remake.

Various DreamWorks projects in development such as “Atlantis Rising” and “The 39 Clues” are expected to be accelerated to help fill Disney’s future slate.