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Paramount gets tough with Santa myth

Di Bonaventura options 'Kringle' novel

Paramount Pictures and producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura have optioned the novel “Kringle” by Tony Abbott, and attached Mark Dindal (“Chicken Little”) to direct the family adventure film.

Dindal will co-write the script with Jason Richman (“Bad Company”).

Live-action epic will feature warriors, battles and fairies as it explores the origin of the Kris Kringle myth and how Christmas came to be.

Par-based Di Bonaventura will produce through his eponymous shingle.

ICM, which reps Dindal and Richman, initially bought the book from Hotchkiss & Associates’ Jody Hotchkiss after it was published by Scholastic Press. Dindal then worked for several months on a presentation showing how he’d transform the book into a film. When he pitched his take to Di Bonaventura, the producer immediately sparked to the idea.

Dindal directed and received story credit for Disney’s CG pic “Chicken Little” and is developing “Sherlock’s Secretary” at Walden Media.

Richman wrote the original draft of New Line’s “Rush Hour 3” as well as Columbia Pictures’ upcoming remake of “Bangkok Dangerous,” directed by the Pang brothers.

Di Bonaventura is a producer on this summer’s DreamWorks/Paramount tentpole “Transformers,” directed by Michael Bay. He’s also producing Par’s upcoming “Shooter.”

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