Fox Animation Picks Up Movie Rights to 'Zita the Spacegirl'

Screenwriting duo Morgan Jurgenson and Alex Ankeles are attached to pen the adaptation.
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Fox Animation has picked up the film rights to Zita the Spacegirl, a children’s book series by award-winning author and illustrator Ben Hatke.

Screenwriting duo Morgan Jurgenson and Alex Ankeles are attached to pen the adaptation, which will be produced by Chernin Entertainment.

The series, the first of which was published in 2011, centers on a girl named Zita who embarks on a journey to becoming an intergalactic hero after her friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult. Along the way, she rides a giant mouse, deals with humanoid chickens as well as robots and makes friends with a blob-like creature.

Hatke is both an author and artist whose most recent work is a graphic novel titled Mighty Jack. He won an Eisner Award for his children’s book Little Robot.

Darlene Caamano Loquet will oversee the project for Fox Animation.

Jurgenson and Ankeles have several projects set up around town, including the thrillers Hyperdrive for Paramount and Dead Run for Lionsgate. Jurgenson also penned the cult horror comedy Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Hatke is repped by APA, Hansen Literary and Jackoway Tyerman. Jurgenson is repped by APA, Jonathan Hung and attorney Rob Szymanski. Ankeles is repped by CAA, Kaplan/Perrone and attorney Stephen Clark.

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