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‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson to Helm ‘Darkest Minds’

Jennifer Yuh Nelson Darkest Minds
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Kung Fu Panda 3” director Jennifer Yuh Nelson is attached to make her live-action directorial debut with “Darkest Minds” in a potential franchise starter for Fox.

The movie is an adaptation of the YA trilogy by Alexandra Bracken in which a pandemic kills most of America’s children and teenagers. When some of the survivors develop superpowers, they are imprisoned.

Fox-based Shawn Levy is producing through his 21 Laps company along with Dan Levine and Dan Cohen.

The script has been written by Chad Hodge, who’s the creator, showrunner and executive producer of TNT’s upcoming series “Good Behavior.“  Hodge created and executive-produced Fox’s hit summer series “Wayward Pines.”

The first book of the trilogy centers on a 16-year-old with telekinetic powers who escapes from an interment camp and joins a group of teens on the run from the government.

Nelson made her directorial debut with 2011’s “Kung Fu Panda 2,” which received an Oscar nomination for best animated feature. She directed “Kung Fu Panda 3,” which was released in January.

Nelson is repped by WME and Hansen Jacobson. Hodge is repped by WME.