Storyopolis finds a new Dimension for kiddie fare

Shingle to develop projects from the artists it reps

Dimension Films has signed a first-look, three-year pact with Storyopolis, Fonda Snyder and Dawn Heinrichs’ shingle that’s devoted to developing film and TV projects based on both new and classic children’s storybooks.

Based in Los Angeles, Storyopolis was founded by Paul G. Allen. It reps more than 80 artists, as well as artists’ estates. Company will work closely with Dimension to develop projects based on material from the artists it reps.

Among Storyopolis’ producing credits include the animated TV series “The Kids from Room 402” and the toon short “Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big,” penned and directed by Berkeley Breathed, featuring the voices of John Cleese, Haley Joel Osment and Frances McDormand.

In development are several features, including a live-action adaptation of Norton Juster’s “The Phantom Tollbooth,” with Rob Minkoff; an animated feature adaptation of author-illustrator William Joyce’s book “Nicholas Cricket,” with Sandra Bullock; and a live-action pic to star Al Pacino, with helmer Patrice Chereau attached to direct.

“Storyopolis is a multifaceted, unique company and we are looking forward to collaborating with them on fresh, new children’s projects,” said Dimension Films co-chairman Bob Weinstein.

Pact with Storyopolis was initiated by Dimension’s Michael Zoumas, Michael Helfant, Lori Sale and Robbie Brenner. Zoumas and Helfant will oversee the deal for Dimension.

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