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WB options ‘Awful End’ adventure

Circle of Confusion's Lust, Mattis to produce live-action pic

Warner Bros. Pictures has optioned Phillip Ardagh’s trio of fanciful family adventure novels known as the Eddie Dickens trilogy and tapped Matthew Huffman to adapt the first book, “A House Called Awful End.”

Circle of Confusion will produce the live-action feature, in which an 11-year-old British boy is sent away from his family when his parents become ill. He finds himself in the questionable care of Mad Uncle Jack and Mad Aunt Maud, who later turn him over to the St. Horrid’s Home for Grateful Orphans.

Huffman’s script will be based on a story, inspired by the book, he wrote with his writing partner, Dan Milano.

Tomes were originally published by Faber and Faber in the U.K.; Henry Holt & Co. published the books Stateside last September.

Circle of Confusion partners Jason Lust and Lawrence Mattis will produce the pic. Lust brought the project to the studio. Warners execs Polly Cohen and Kristin Lowe will oversee development.

The Sony-based Circle of Confusion is also developing “Bounty” at Universal, “Fate of the Blade” at Disney and “Hammer of the Gods” for New Regency.