Fox taps 'Despereaux' helmer for live-action pic

Sam Fell, director of the animated films “The Tale of Despereaux” and “Flushed Away,” is attached to direct “Demonkeeper,” a live-action adaptation of the Royce Buckingham novel for Fox 2000.

Script is being written by Laeta Kalogridis, who scripted the upcoming Martin Scorsese-directed “Shutter Island” for Paramount and “Battle Angel,” which James Cameron will direct for Fox.

AEI’s Ken Atchity and Chi-Li Wong are producing “Demonkeeper.”

Story follows a Seattle teen who inherits responsibility for a house filled with demons. When the youth finally breaks free of his charges to go on a date, he returns to discover that kids have broken into the house, unleashing its most vicious demon, the Beast, Killer of Lost Children.

Studio bought rights to the book before it was published by Puffin (Daily Variety, Jan. 25, 2006).

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