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Steve Martin returning to his roots for Disney’s ‘Magic Camp’

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Image Courtesy of Empire.com

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He’s one of the grand old godfathers of post-modern comedy. In the ’70s, he was a stand-up superstar, selling millions of albums and heading rock concert like live shows. He then turned to film and became a comedy fixture for the next three decades. Aside from acting, he’s written books, starred in stage productions, crafted plays and scripts, and even won Grammys for his work on the banjo. Now, nearing 70, Steve Martin has decided to return to film. He hasn’t made a meaningful mainstream movie since 2009′s ‘Pink Panther 2′ (2011′s ‘The Big Year’ was more of an indie offering) and he’s spent more time performing music than trading on his comedic talent.

This past week, however, we learned Martin is headed for a kind of homecoming, returning to Disney to take the lead in the proposed family film ‘Magic Camp.’ For those of you new to the comedian’s career, he actually got his start as a young performer with the House of Mouse, working at Disneyland in their…magic shop. Coincidence? Anyway, Empire reports that the project is based on a script by Gave Sachs and Jeff Judah, and recently re-written by Martin and Stu Zicherman and centers on a “straight-laced banker who returns to the magic summer camp he attended as a shy child. This time, he’s back as a counsellor who decides he’s going to make the current attendees’ lives that much better while keeping one eye on winning the Golden Wand competition.”

Fans of films like ‘The Jerk’ and ‘The Man with Two Brains’ may not like the decision to concentrate on the kids more than the “wild and crazy guy” but you can’t blame him for going where the money flows. In fact, he’s grown with his fanbase, keeping current of their changing cultural needs while maintaining a relatively decent creative run. ‘Magic Camp’ could be just another high concept cash grab, Walt’s workers believing that a Harry Potter weary demo will dig seeing a bit of pre-teen prestidigitation. There’s no director attached, nor is there a release date. As for Martin, his next appearance on screen will be as the voice of an alien in the animated film ‘Home.’

Source: Empire Online.com

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