Steven Spielberg's Amblin lifts up Sky High kids' book for feature adaptation

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Jun 5, 2017, 3:02 PM EDT (Updated)

Deadline has reported that new fantasy project bought by Amblin Partners will take this Steven Spielberg production shingle, formerly DreamWorks Pictures, up into the clouds.

Writers Greg Erb and Jason Oremland pitched Amblin Sky High as a vehicle for Diary of a Wimpy Kid director Thor Freudenthal. Written by Germano Zullo and illustrated by Albertine, Sky High was first published in 2011 in Switzerland under the title Les Gratte-Ciel and centers around a pair of obsessive neighbors as they attempt to best each other and construct the tallest home in the world. It's a near-wordless children's book that showcases some intricate, mind-boggling drawings of the fantastical skyscraper homes.

Here's the official description:

In this charming illustrated tale, two competing neighbors begin embellishing their houses, only to find themselves caught up in a race to build the tallest, most decadent skyscraper featuring solid gold doors, diamond-encrusted pillars, grand ballrooms, expensive paintings, live tigers, and indoor swimming pools—with consequences inevitable, and not.

Presently working on The Tick for Amazon, Freudenthal captained the final episode of last season's The Expanse as well as directing 2013's Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.  No further word on casting or where this elevating project will land, but we'll keep you posted.

(Via Deadline)