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IT'S A SIGN: WME Snags 'Percy Jackson' Director Chris Columbus

The "Home Alone" director finds his own new agency home.

Chris Columbus
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WME has signed director-producer Chris Columbus

Columbus last directed and produced the Fox fantasy film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, which grossed $227 million worldwide earlier this year. Since moving on from the Harry Potter franchise after directing the first two films, Columbus hasn't had a good run. His previous films, the 2009 high school comedy I Love You, Beth Cooper and the 2005 adaptation of Rent, bombed.

But his resume boasts Mrs. Doubtfire, Stepmom, Home Alone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. So he's a reliable helmer who can handle a variety of material. At the moment, he is producing the DreamWorks adaptation of The Help, which hits theaters in August.

Columbus had been repped by CAA.