Clark up to helm ‘Thumb’

Behaviour's live-action adaption skedded to lense at year's end

CANNES — Bob Clark (“Baby Geniuses”) will direct Behaviour Worldwide’s long-gestating $30 million adaptation of “Tom Thumb.”

The British/Canadian co-production, based on the Grimm brothers fairy tale, is being produced by Raju Patel and written by Ronald Yanover and Mark Geldman, all three of whom last collaborated on Behaviour’s “The Jungle Book.”

Behaviour chairman Mark Damon will co-exec produce the effects-driven, live-action pic with Lawrence Mortoff. The company has skedded a start date for the end of the year, with Behaviour’s Canadian facility tapped to provide the digital effects.

In addition, Christian Duguay will direct “The Assignment” for Behaviour, a thriller set in the world of extreme sports. The pic, written by Mark Mullin, is one of several in a joint venture between Behaviour and producing partnership Diamant/Cohen Prods. Others films include “The Black Dahlia,” to be directed by David Fincher, and “Pegasus Option,” to be directed by Peter Hyams.

Also on Behaviour’s Cannes slate are the $40 million Antonio Banderas starrer “The Body,” which will start shooting in Israel on Oct. 15 and will mark the directorial debut of screenwriter Jonas McCord (“Malice”), and the romantic comedy “Love and Sex,” starring Famke Janssen, with Jon Favreau in talks to co-star.

Behaviour also has a number of videogame-oriented titles in development under a joint venture with producer Larry Kasanoff.

Clark’s pics range from the 1981 “Porky’s” to the ’83 “A Christmas Story.” Sony Pictures domestically distribbed “Geniuses,” starring Christopher Lloyd and Kathleen Turner, while Crystal Sky Intl. repped it internationally. Pic has grossed $24 million in the U.S.