'Amulet' based on graphic novel; Animated American' a live-action hybrid
Rob Edwards has been brought aboard to script a pair of high-profile pics: Warner Bros.’ “Amulet” and Disney’s “Animated American.”Will Smith and his producing partner, James Lassiter, will produce “Amulet” through their Overbrook Entertainment shingle. Pic, based on the graphic novel series by Kazu Kibuishi, will follow a teenage boy and his sister, who are pulled into a mystical world of demons, monsters and talking animals and discover that they are the last in a line of gatekeepers who must quickly learn to control a powerful amulet to save the world. Smith and his son Jaden had been loosely attached to star but whether they will still will is unknown. “Animated American” will be produced by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Cooper. It revolves around an animated baby raised by a live-action family until his 18th birthday, when he decides to find his real family with the help of his friend and her jealous boyfriend. Neither film has a start date. Edwards has been best known for his script of Disney’s animated “Princess and the Frog.” He is repped by Verve, Industry and David Fox.