Outsider pic 'David' to begin lensing June 17

NEW YORK — Gotham-based Walden Media has tapped “Freaks and Geeks” creator Paul Feig to write and direct “I Am David,” a feature based on the novel by Anne Holm.

Pre-production is under way in London, with lensing slated to begin in Bulgaria on June 17. Producers are Davina Belling and Clive Parsons, via their Film & General Prods and Lauren Levine. Walden VP of production Perry Moore will oversee the project.

“I Am David” concerns an 11-year-old boy’s escape and journey across post-WWII Europe.

“I’ve always been drawn to stories about outsiders,” says Feig. ” ‘Freaks and Geeks’ was all about people who aren’t accepted by the mainstream. To me, this film’s protagonist, David, is the ultimate outsider “… he doesn’t know who he is, where he came from, or what his place is in the world. I’m thrilled at having been given the opportunity to bring it to the screen.”

In September, Random House will publish Feig’s first book, “Kick Me — Adventures in Adolescence,” a series of comic essays about his childhood and school experiences in suburban Michigan.

Walden, whose mandate is to create works of educational merit, is producing James Cameron’s “Ghosts of the Abyss,” the Oscar-winning helmer’s first directing, producing and writing project since “Titanic”; and “Holes,” the film version of Louis Sachar’s Newbery Medal-winning novel starring Sigourney Weaver and Jon Voight. Company is developing a film adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ book series “The Chronicles of Narnia,” with “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” up first.

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