DC Super Pets

Development: LEGO Batman scribe writing and directing Super Pets film; Fox adapting Royal Rabbits of London

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Dec 4, 2018, 5:18 PM EST (Updated)

It's a pet-filled slate today in our latest development news round-up, as two studios are officially moving forward with animal-themed animated adaptations.

First, it's being reported via Collider that Warner Bros. has hired LEGO Batman Movie and LEGO Ninjago Movie scribe Jared Stern to write and direct Super Pets, an animated film about some of the most famous superhero animal companions around. Presently, it's unclear whether or not Stern will adapt the project from DC's Legion of Super-Pets, who first made their appearance as a team in comics in 1962, or if he'll be taking a page from the DC Super-Pets! shorts that originally aired on Cartoon Network back in 2013.

Notable members of the Super Pets have included Beppo the Supermonkey, Comet the Super-Horse, Krypto the Superdog, and Streaky the Supercat, all of whom have been tied to the human Super-family in one form or another — though Aquaman's seahorse Storm and Damian Wayne's dog Titus have also been known to appear. 

Stern is currently developing several adaptations of Dr. Seuss books, including Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix, and The Cat in the Hat, also for Warner Bros. He'd previously worked on animated projects such as Wreck-It Ralph and The Princess and the Frog.

Meanwhile, Fox Family is proceeding with a planned live action-animated hybrid feature based on children's book The Royal Rabbits of London, written by Santa Montefiore and Simon Sebag Montefiore — who will executive produce the movie.

The story follows a small country rabbit who unearths a dastardly plot and ventures to the big city of London in order to warn a group called the Royal Rabbits of London, the secret protectors of England's royal family.

Fox Family has tapped screenwriter Will Davies to adapt the novel. Davies is best known for previously writing the script for the first How to Train Your Dragon film. He also holds a story credit on the Puss in Boots solo film, which was a spinoff from the popular Shrek franchise.

Are you excited about either of these projects? Let us know in the comments below.

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