Nick Films in Wilbur’s Pen

As Nickelodeon/Paramount’s The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie gets set to take moviegoers to Bikini Bottom, Daily Variety reports that Nick Films has signed on to co-produce Paramount’s live-action/CG adaptation of E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web with Kerner Ent.

Charlotte’s Web is the bittersweet story of a young farm girl who befriends a pig destined to become pork chops. Her efforts to save Wilbur are aided by a spider who spins messages in webs and turns the pig into a media sensation.

Published in 1952, White’s best-selling children’s book was first repurposed for the big screen by Paramount in 1973. This latest version of Web is written by Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) and revised by Karey Kirkpatrick (Chicken Run). Gary Winick (13 Going on 30) is attached to direct and Kerner Ent. production head Paul Neesan will exec produce with Edgar Bronfman Sr.

Walden Media, a subsidiary of Anschutz Film Group, may come aboard to co-finance and produce the pic, slated to go before the camera in January.

Nickelodeon and Paramount have had big-sceen successes with the first two Rugrats movies but failed to hit the same highs with efforts like The Wild Thornberrys and Rugrats Go Wild. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie should prove more profitable when it opens this weekend. Then Dec, 17 will see the release of the highly anticipated Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events, which Nickelodeon co-produced with Paramount and DreamWorks.