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WB builds ‘Treehouse’

Warner teams with Tapestry on pic directed by Ball

Warner Bros. Pictures has teamed with Tapestry Films on coming-of-age adventure “The Treehouse” from animation writers Ron Friedman and Steve Bencich, with Wes Ball attached to make his feature directing debut.

Story follows the adventures of a boy who discovers a magical treehouse in his backyard. He’s propelled into a forest ruled by children, but woodland creatures invade it and he must fight his way home.

“The Treehouse” will be a live-action project with CGI animation and effects. Warners’ Lionel Wigram and Lauren Craniotes, along with Warners Animation president Sander Schwartz, will oversee the project.

Tapestry’s Robert Levy, Peter Abrams and Andrew Panay will produce “The Treehouse,” with Michael Schreiber as co-producer.

Ball sold the studio on his services with a one-minute trailer. He also won a student Academy Award for his short “A Work in Progress.”

Credits for Friedman and Bencich include “Brother Bear,” “Chicken Little,” “Curious George” and “Open Season.”

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