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Snyder to watch over ‘Guardians’

Director set for animated feature film

Zack Snyder is set to direct “Guardians of Ga’Hoole,” an animated feature film based on the series of children’s books by Kathryn Lasky.

Village Roadshow is making the film and Warner Bros. will distribute.

Pic is set in the Forest of Tyto, where Barn Owls live in peace until their kingdom is threatened by an evil that could destroy their home.

Script was written by John Orloff (“A Mighty Heart”) and John Collee (“Master and Commander”). The pic will be produced by Zareh Nalbandian, with Donald DeLine, Deborah Snyder and Lionel Wigram exec producing.

The intention is to execute in Sydney, Australia, through Animal Logic, which worked with Village Roadshow and WB on “Happy Feet.” The film is on a fast track and is likely to be ready by 2009 or 2010.

It is the first animated film for Snyder, who followed the stylized hit “300” by reteaming with WB and Legendary on “Watchmen,” an adaptation of Alan Moore’s DC Comics creation.

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