Fox Animation helping Maguire bend “Cardboard”

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Fox Ani­ma­tion is option­ing the recently pub­lished Graphix novel Card­board, with plans for actor Tobey Maguire’s Mate­r­ial Pic­tures, graphic nov­el­ist Doug Ten­Napel and the Gotham Group to be exec­u­tive producers.

Fox plans to have the pic­ture devel­oped under its Wedge­Works sub­sidiary. Wedge­Works direc­tor Chris Wedge (Ice Age) is pro­duc­ing, and is con­sid­er­ing direct­ing the film as well.

In TenNapel’s book, a poor wid­ower gives his young son the inad­e­quate birth­day present of a card­board box. The two con­vert the box into a boxer named Bill that comes to life. This draws the atten­tion of a neigh­bor­hood bully who plans some­thing bad.

Maguire, the voice of the lead char­ac­ter in Warner Bros.’ Cats & Dogs, may get the chance to voice one of the main roles in Card­board if the film pro­ceeds, accord­ing to a source close to the project.

Mean­while, Fox Ani­ma­tion and Blue Sky Stu­dios are in post-production on Wedge’s Epic, a 3D CG-animated action-adventure movie sched­uled for release next May.

Ten­Napel projects being devel­oped also include Ghostopo­lis at Dis­ney and Mon­ster Zoo at Paramount.

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