Writer-producer Morris Taylor “Buddy” Sheffield (now that’s a name worthy of a brief role as a shifty bookie on Law and Order) sez that Disney stole the highly lucrative teen-switcheroo idea of Hannah Montana from a series he had pitched them featuring a teenage boy who becomes rock star named “Rock Ryder.” While it is pretty damn suspicious that Disney would develop a show with an idea so close to Sheffield’s, you do have to wonder why it took them five years to rip him off, and you have to wonder how original the idea of a kid leading a normal life who secretly transforms into an awesome pop star really is. (Or, as Maura pointed out, “Someone alert the creators of Jem.”)
Disney is mum on the subject and Sheffield claims he’s owed some of those Montana millions. I know they’re picking out my timeshare in hell for this. but I can’t be the only one who think that “Hannah Montana” and “Rock Ryder” sound like cast members from The Witches Of Breastwick 4 or some other Cinemax classic. Right?