Get Ready for the Big Screen, Live Action THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE:
Thomas the Tank Engine, who first appeared in The Railway Series books back in 1946, is going to be appearing in a live-action film for the first time, under Shane Acker, director of 9 the Tim Burton-produced 2009 film, Deadline reports.
The screenplay has been written by Josh Klausner (Shrek Forever After, Date Night), and Chris Viscardi and Will McRobb (who both worked together on Alvin and the Chipmunks live-action film). Joining the creative team for the film will be Mattel, the famous and world’s largest toy company, and Weta Workshop, the special effects company Peter Jackson is involved with.
Steven Spielberg has dinosaurs back on the brain lately. In addition to the impending launch of the television series Terra Nova on Fox in the fall, Spielberg has been meeting with screenwriter Mark Protosevich to kick around ideas for how to re-boot the Jurassic Park franchise.
Several years ago, the Oscar-winning director worked with Protosevich on a potential remake of Chan-wook Park's Oldboy that was to star Will Smith.That film ran into rights problems and didn’t come to fruition, but Spielberg, who directed the first two Jurassic Park films and was an executive producer on the third, has since met twice with Protosevich to fashion a story for a potential fourth film in the franchise.
Both Universal, which released the trilogy, and Spielberg’s camp stress that no one has been engaged to write a script and that the discussions have been purely exploratory. But the idea is kind of a no-brainer.