'Ice Age' creator options 'Madness'
In a move that could mark his live-action debut, animation helmer Chris Wedge (“Ice Age”) and his Wedge Works World Wide banner have acquired Paul Hoffman’s tome “Wings of Madness: Alberto Santos-Dumont and the Invention of Flight.”“Wings,” a biography of eccentric socialite Alberto Santos-Dumont, takes place in turn-of-the-century Paris and chronicles the maverick inventor’s obsession with flight. Nikki Levy will oversee the project on behalf of Wedge Works, which has not yet attached a scribe. Wedge, a co-founder and creative VP of Blue Sky Studios, is in production on “Leafmen” for Fox Animation and Blue Sky. The helmer helped launch the “Ice Age” animated franchise, the third installment of which grossed close to $900 million worldwide. Wedge is repped by UTA. Deal was made by Hotchkiss and Associates.