Mandeville Films and Television partners David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman have re-upped for another two years at Disney. For Hoberman, that continues a relationship with Disney that goes back 25 years, and it also means the producers have a place in the new Mouse film configuration under Rich Ross.
Mandeville has produced hits for the studio that most recently included the Sandra Bullock-Ryan Reynolds comedy The Proposal and Beverly Hills Chihuahua. But the producers weren’t immune from Disney’s sudden shift away from adult-themed fare. Ross jettisoned their romantic comedy Wedding Banned, which had Robin Williams and Anna Faris ready to star. The comedy was among several projects cancelled by Disney late last year that included 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and a Wild Hogs sequel. Disney is making fewer movies that focus on family franchises.
Mandeville will be part of that effort as Hoberman and Lieberman next produce for Disney a new James Bobin-directed Muppets movie that Jason Segel wrote and will star in.
“We’re excited they have confidence and faith in us and our track record to re-up at this point and in this day and age,” Hoberman said. “Our job is to deliver for them and give them the kinds of movies they want. They’ve given us a clear agenda, and it is franchise-able films that work across all platforms.”
Mandeville is separately producing the pilot 187 Detroit for ABC, and is in post-production on the David O. Russell-directed The Fighter for Paramount and Relativity, with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale starring.