Klasky Csupo co-founder Gabor Csupo is set to direct a live-action/CG adaptation of Mickey and Betty Parskevas’ comic book Green Monkeys for Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Published by Dan’s Papers, Green Monkeys follows the misadventures of oddly colored simians who think they are human. The strip is being adapted for the big screen by scribes Dave Connaughton and John Tozak.
The film marks the directorial debut for Csupo, who will also produce with partner Arlene Klasky. The two produced Paramount’s hugely successful Rugrats feature film franchise, based on their popular Nickelodeon TV series. Nickelodeon Sr. VP Julia Pistor and Klasky Csupo CEO and president Terry Thoren are overseeing production on Monkeys.
In light of disappointing box office for The Wild Thornberrys Movie and Rugrats Go Wild, Klasky Csupo is understandably making a move to branch out from those properties. When we spoke to Csupo in June, he also indicated that the company, known for its unique brand of 2D animation, was moving further into the 3D realm. This new project is evidence of that.
No projected release date for Green Monkeys has been issued.
Klasky Csupo’s new Rugrats spin-off series, All Grown Up, premieres on Nickelodeon in November.