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Walt Disney Studios has picked up South of the Border, a pitch by television writer Jeff Bushell. John Jacobs is set to produce through his First Entertainment banner. A live-action movie in which the animals will talk, South chronicles the adventures of Mitzi, a pampered Beverly Hills Chihuahua accustomed to riding in a purse. While on a spa vacation in Mexico with her owner, she gets lost and is forced to find her way back home. Louanne Brickhouse is shepherding the project at the studio. South makes the third project that Jacobs has set up in as many months. The other two are the untitled Ricky Blitt project with Todd Phillips at Dimension and Family Reunion at Spyglass with Seth MacFarlane attached to write and direct. One of the executive producers of Anger Management, Jacobs also is producing the Farrelly brothers comedy The Ringer. Bushell was a writer on television's The Bernie Mac Show as well as Mad TV. He is a writer on What I Like About You. In the feature world, he has set up the spec First Bastard at Miramax. He is repped by UTA and Colden, McKuin & Frankel.

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