Having made his live-action debut with the Disney/Walden Media hit Bridge to Terabithia, Klasky-Csupo co-founder Gabor Csupo has signed on to direct The Moon Princess, a big-screen adaptation of Elizabeth Goudge’s children’s fantasy novel The Little White Horse. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the U.K.-Hungarian co-production is budgeted at around $25 million and is likely to begin principal photography this summer.
The Moon Princess is sure to offer its share of visual effects work as it tells the story of a 13-year-old girl who ventures into a magical world and finds that she must combat an ancient curse. The only casting news has British actor Colin Firth signed to play the girl’s eccentric uncle.
Working from a script by Lucy Shuttleworth and Graham Alborough, Csupo is spearheading the project through his Grand Allure Ent., collaborating with co-production partners Spice Factory in the U.K and U.S./Australian company Forgan-Smith Ent. Financing is being brokered by London-based Velvet Octopus.
Emmy winner Csupo produced big-screen expansions of the hit Klasky Csupo TV series Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys before taking the helm of Terabithia, which took in $75 million domestically.