Seabiscuit Director Mounts Desperaux

Daily Variety reports that Seabiscuit helmer Gary Ross will produce an animated feature adaptation of Kate DiCamillo’s Newberry Award-winning book Tale of Desperaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread.

DiCamillo has been tapped to write the screenplay for Ross’ production shingle, Larger Than Life, and Universal. Like Universal’s upcoming Curious George feature, Desperaux will likely be a 2D film, which should set it apart amidst the sea of 3D toons on the horizon.

The feature will center on a mouse that falls in love with a princess and discovers a thirst for knowledge while other mice are eating books.