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Andrus, Koepp brought in for 'Fig,' 'Zathura'

Columbia Pictures is bringing out the big guns to adapt two books by author Chris Van Allsburg.

Col just optioned “The Sweetest Fig” and hired Mark Andrus (“As Good as It Gets”) to adapt. The studio also pacted with “Spider-Man” scribe David Koepp to adapt “Zathura.”

Published by Houghton Mifflin, “Fig” is the tale of a fussy dentist who is paid with a pair of magic figs that can make dreams come true.

Col production co-prexys Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach nabbed the project after Andrus and Michael Besman came to the studio with the book and a pitch.

Exec VP Amy Baer brought the project into the studio via Besman, who will produce with Van Allsburg and his producing partner, Bill Teitler.

“Zathura,” which Col optioned before it was published last year, is similar to “Jumanji” in its tale of a board game gone violently awry, but instead of jungle trouble the board evokes a purple planet called Zathura complete with meteors, robots and aliens.

Van Allsburg, Teitler and Scott Kroopf of Radar Pictures will produce “Zathura.”

Also at Col, Koepp is attached to direct Johnny Depp in “Secret Window,” his adaptation of Stephen King’s novella “Two Past Midnight: Secret Window, Secret Garden.”

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