Lindsay-Abaire to adapt Joyce series

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire has been set to adapt “The Guardians,” a DreamWorks Animation adaptation of the upcoming series of children’s books by William Joyce.

The film extends the studio’s relationship with Lindsay-Abaire, who was Tony-nominated for writing the book and lyrics to “Shrek the Musical.”

“The Guardians” will be directed by Peter Ramsey, who steps up to features after helming “Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space,” the Halloween TV special that was a spinoff of the DreamWorks Animation pic. Ramsey had been head of story for the original “Monsters vs. Aliens.”

DreamWorks Animation has set a November 2, 2012, release.

The Guardians are a group of iconic figures sworn to protect children from the forces of evil. Their ranks include Santa Claus, Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny and the Man in the Moon. The books, a mix of text and illustrations, will be published in 2011 under the title “The Guardians of Childhood.” Each book focuses on one of the Guardians. Joyce, the creator of “Rolie Polie Olie” and “Meet the Robinsons,” will be co-director.

Christina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein will produce, and Michael Siegel is exec producer.

Lindsay-Abaire was previously a writer on the Fox Animation pic “Robots,” also based on Joyce’s artwork. The writer, who won his Pulitzer for “Rabbit Hole,” adapted that play for a film starring and produced by Nicole Kidman for release next year. He also co-wrote “Spider-Man 4,” which Columbia Pictures puts into production early next year.

Lindsay-Abaire is repped by Gersh.

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