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Chris Wedge to direct ‘Hugo Cabret’

'Ice Age' director adapting kid's novel for WB

“Ice Age” helmer Chris Wedge has signed on to direct Brian Selznick’s magic-themed children’s novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” for Graham King’s GK Films, Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil and Warner Bros.

“The Aviator” scribe John Logan has been tapped to pen the adaptation.

King and Infinitum Nihil’s Christi Dembrowski will produce the live-action film, which centers on an orphaned boy who secretly lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station and looks after the clocks. He gets caught up in a mystery adventure when he attempts to repair a mechanical man.

The studio is eyeing a fall start date.

GK Films and Warner Bros. acquired screen rights to “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” a No. 1 New York Times bestseller, in 2007. 

After producing Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed,” King launched GK Films with partner Tim Headington in 2007. Through the company, King recently completed lensing the Emily Blunt starrer “The Young Victoria” on location in the U.K.

Infinitum Nihil established its production deal with Graham King in 2004 and is developing a number of projects including “Shantaram” and “Dark Shadows.”

Hedge has a longstanding relationship with “Ice Age” backers Blue Sky and 20th Century Fox, which is expected to continue. He also directed the animated feature “Robots” for Fox and most recently executive produced “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!”

Logan’s credits include “Gladiator” and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” He is also writing the script for an untitled animated project for King and Gore Verbinski.

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