"Bob" – about a self-proclaimed musical hater who awakes to find he's living in one – is being written by Oscar nominees Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel ("Splash," "A League of Their Own"), according to the Hollywood reporter. Disney originally optioned "Bob" in 2004, with an early draft provided by John August ("Corpse Bride") and Jon Lucas and Scott Moore ("The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past").
Mark Waters is attached to direct the film, which will be presented by Touchstone Pictures. A production date has not been set.
A Tony Award winner for the smash hit Hairspray, Shaiman also penned songs for Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and the upcoming stage adaptation of Catch Me If You Can. Shaiman earned Academy Award nominations for the scores to "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut," "Patch Adams," "The First Wives Club," "The American President" and "Sleepless in Seattle." His extensive career includes collaborations with Bette Midler, Patti LuPone, Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Streisand, Billy Crystal, Harry Connick, Jr. and Peter Allen.