Veteran Blue Sky Studios director Carlos Saldanha, who helmed two Ice Age sequels, Rio and the upcoming Rio 2, is reportedly in talks with Fox to take on the live-action sci-fi movie Rust.
Saldanha would take over from Joe Cornish, who dropped out of the project a few weeks ago without explanation, reports The Wrap.com.
Based on Rust: Visitor in the Field, a graphic novel by Royden Lepp published in 2011 by Archaia Entertainment, the family-friendly feature was adapted by Aline Brosh McKenna. Simon Kinberg is producing; with Aditya Sood, Stephen Christy and P.J. Bickett as executive producers.
Rust tells the story of a young boy with a jetpack who may hold the secret to a family’s survival in a war-ravaged future.
Saldanha co-directed the original Ice Age, as well as Blue Sky’s Robots, before directing the sequels Ice Age: The Meltdown and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, and his own passion project, Rio. He recently wrapped the sequel, Rio 2, due for release April 11.