The partnership that is bringing The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to the big screen has dissolved. Daily Variety reports that Philip Anschutz’s Walden Media has parted with Disney and has taken its slate of children’s lit-based features to Twentieth Century Fox. While Wardrobe, directed by Shrek‘s Andrew Adamson, will remain with Disney, Walden and Fox will develop and produce adaptations of Kate DiCamillo’s Because of Winn-Dixie, Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia, Lois Lowry’s The Giver, Wendy Orr’s Nim’s Island and Adam Mortimer’s yet-to-be-published comic book, Biblionauts.
Klasky Csupo’s Gabor Csupo, producer of the Rugrats franchise and The Wild Thornberrys Movie and co-creator of the upcoming Spike TV animated series, The Immigrants, is set to make his first foray into directing live action with Bridge to Terabithia.
Antz scribe Todd Alcott is adapting The Giver for producer Jeff Bridges and Joe Kwong is writing the Nim’s Island script for producer Paula Mazur (Corrina, Corrina). Susan Montford and Don Murphy plan to produce a series of Biblionauts films based on an idea for a graphic novel idea by co-producer Mortimer.
Directed by Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club, Smoke), Because of Winn-Dixie is in post-production and is slated to bow in January of 2005. The book was adapted for the screen by Joan V. Singleton.