'Panda' pair back for animated 'Fright' fare

DreamWorks Animation has set Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris to write “Gil’s All Fright Diner,” an adaptation of the A. Lee Martinez novel that has Barry Sonnenfeld attached to direct.

The scribes previously received story credit on DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda.” The writers also originated the Ridley Scott-directed “Robin Hood” as a spec script that was subsequently rewritten by Brian Helgeland, and they were exec producers and writers on the Showtime drama series “Sleeper Cell.”

Much like the “Twilight” series, “Gil’s All Fright Diner” revolves around a vampire and a werewolf. Here, they are mismatched partners who battle zombies and try to save the world, after they stop in a diner in the desert that is a conduit for the supernatural.

We liked the odd couple aspect of the story, this vampire and werewolf who team to save the world from an ancient demon and his modern ally, a high school cheerleader who wants to be famous.”

Kirk De Micco was the first writer on the pic.

Reiff and Voris have also completed an hourlong drama pilot that Warner Bros. will shop to networks shortly. Their last series was the Rufus Sewell starrer “Eleventh Hour.”

Universal releases “Robin Hood” on May 12.

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