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Col kid pic on launch pad

Robbins inks for fantasy film

Tim Robbins has been cast in Columbia Pictures’ “Zathura,” directed by Jon Favreau.

Pic will begin shooting in August, four years after Col optioned the book by children’s novelist Chris Van Allsburg.

David Koepp, John Kamps and Eric Fogel wrote the script.

Like other Van Allsburg books “Jumanji” and “The Polar Express” (both of which have been adapted for film), “Zathura” is a mystical tale with fantastical elements. Story follows two young brothers who are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is magically hurtled through space. Robbins will play the boys’ father.

Michael De Luca has also come on board to produce “Zathura.” It’s among De Luca’s first batch of projects since he set up a shingle at Sony earlier this year.

Bill Teitler is also producing the pic. Radar Pictures’ Ted Field and Louis D’Esposito are exec producing. Peter Billingsley is co-producing.

Although originally planned as a sequel to “Jumanji,” which Col released in 1995, the studio now says the film will be a stand-alone project.

Robert Zemeckis-helmed “Polar Express,” an animated pic, will be released by Warner Bros. in November. Pic’s special effects were done at Sony Pictures ImageWorks.

Robbins, who nabbed an Oscar for his perf in last year’s “Mystic River,” next stars in MGM’s sci-fi pic “Code 46,” directed by Michael Winterbottom.

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