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Who's imagining The Guardians?

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Tuesday, November 3, 2009

DreamWorks Animation caught the screen rights to kids book writer William Joyce's upcoming new work The Guardians and is in the early stages of developing it as a film slated for release in November 2012. Now the studio has hired David Lindsay-Abaire to adapt Joyce's work for the screen, giving the project a little bit of oomph because the writer is a Pulitzer Prize winner for his lyrics on Shrek the Musical.

The book won't be out until the year before the movie. Joyce, the creator of George Shrinks, Rolie Polie Olie and Meet the Robinsons, will also receive a co-direction credit under director Peter Ramsey, newly promoted after acting as the head of story development on Monsters vs. Aliens.

Joyce's Guardians include imaginary figures like Santa Clause and the Man in the Moon, and they act as heroes sworn to protect the world's children from bad guys. It sounds like the children's author is cashing in on the superhero movie fad and molding his Guardians in the mold of Marvel's Avengers or DC's Justice League, don't it?

DreamWorks Animation is amping up development of new projects under an ambitious schedule to release five different animated films every two years. They've got How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek Forever After and Oobermind slated for release in 2010 followed by Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom in 2011 and The Guardians in 2012.

-Variety.

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