According to The Hollywood Reporter, Beacon Pictures is banking on the appeal of father-son rappers Master P and Lil' Romeo to pack a punch at the boxoffice as the Walt Disney Co.-based production company has picked up a pair of projects involving the duo.

The projects include "Uncle P," an urban family comedy that Master P had bankrolled himself and recently wrapped production on with Bernard Gourly directing, and the comedy "Shorty," which Beacon is in early negotiations to pick up out of turnaround at Universal Pictures.

Both projects were penned by Dallas Jackson and will be distributed through Beacon's deal with Buena Vista.

Brian B.