Get ready for a live-action adaptation of a book you might remember from childhood. If not, now is the time to pick up a copy. Production on a film based on children's adventure novel The Phantom Tollbooth draws closer as the project has found its director.
Matt Shakman has signed on to direct the project for TriStar as he moves up from directing television, including episodes of Game of Thrones and Fargo. Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph 2) is working on a rewrite of the script, which according to Deadline will be "hybrid/live action" due to some of the unique characters in the book -- most notably a "watchdog" who has a clock on his side. Doubt they'll find a real one quite like that to cast.
The film is based on the 1961 book by Norton Juster, published with illustrations by Jules Pfeiffer, which follows the story of Milo as he discovers Lands Beyond through a tollbooth that appears in his bedroom. In the magical land, he discovers two kingdoms and must rescue two princesses who have been kidnapped. You might even remember reading the classic book in school. The popular book tells a story reminiscent of the fantastical Alice in Wonderland and spectacular Wizard of Oz.
Donald De Line and Ed McDonnell are producing the film in addition to Hannah Minghella and Nicole Brown from TriStar, who are also overseeing the project. What's in store for the project as it moves ahead? Only time will tell.