Chris Wedge, director of Fox Animation/Blue Sky’s Ice Age and Robots, is reportedly set to make his live-action directorial debut. According to Daily Variety, he will helm Warner Bros.’ filmed adaptation of Brian Selznick’s best-selling children’s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Screenwriter John Logan (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Aviator) is penning the script and Graham King’s GK Films and Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil shingle are producing.
Set at the turn of the 20th century, The Invention of Hugo Cabret revolves around a twelve-year-old orphan who secretly lives in the walls of a Paris train station and tends the clocks. He becomes obsessed with a mechanical man that his father, a clockmaker, showed him a museum before he died. A mystery unfolds as Hugo works to get the automaton to function using one of the notebooks his father used to record the curious machine’s inner workings. Warner Bros. plans to begin shooting this fall.
Wedge most recently exec produced Fox Animation’s Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! and is once again providing the voice of prehistroic squirrel Scrat in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. The third film in the blockbuster animated saga is scheduled to hit theaters on July 1, 2009.
Screenwriter Logan, who also penned the Oscar-winning Russel Crowe sword-and-sandal epic Gladiator, is reportedly working on an untitled animated project for Grahm King and Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski. King’s further collaborations with Depp’s Infinitum Nihil include an adaptation of Australian author Gregory David Roberts’ novel Shantaram and a big-screen take on the classic vampire soap opera Dark Shadows.