Fox Animation, makers of the Ice Age and Rio franchises, has acquired the motion picture rights to the Mr. Men and Little Miss characters. Fox had previously announced in 2011 that they were working on bringing the franchise to the big screen, but now Night at the Museum director/producer Shawn Levy is attached to produce through his Fox-based 21 Laps Entertainment.
No director or writer has signed on to the project yet and it’s unclear whether Fox’s Blue Sky Studio would be involved as the animation producer. Whichever studio becomes involved, we’re expecting CGI, because what better technique could there be than computer animation to capture the expressive charm of simple, hand-drawn characters?
“I loved reading these books as a kid, and now I love reading them to my own kids,” Levy said in a statement. “Their humor, wit and uniquely specific tone make this a truly classic series. I can’t wait to help shepherd them to the big screen.”