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Disney Takes On The Last Lap

By Garth Franklin Friday August 26th 2005 08:35PM

Walt Disney Pictures has hired Ron Burch and David Kidd to write "The Last Lap" says The Hollywood Reporter.

The comedy is based on the real-life story of Leonard, a Chicago-based feature correspondent for NBC's "Today" who dropped everything and rented an RV to travel across America for a month, taking his funny and eccentric parents to see the places and people who shaped their lives. Following them in another RV were Leonard's three grown children, including a daughter who gave birth at journey's end.

The studio bought the feature treatment and underlying feature rights to Mike Leonard's manuscript in January. The story was a featured segment on "Today," and Leonard's book will be published next year by Ballantine.

Thanks to 'Jason'.

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