'Shrek' Director Tackling New 'Curious George' Movie for Universal, Imagine

Producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are back for some monkey business.
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'Curious George'

Andrew Adamson is going from ogres and lions to monkeys.

The filmmaker, best known for helming Shrek and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, is in negotiations to direct and co-write a new Curious George movie from Universal and Imagine Entertainment.

The project is a live-action take on the classic book series by H.A. and Margret Rey that first began publishing in 1941. The character and books have been translated into television series, several shorts and films. The popular 2006 animated movie that featured the voices of Will Ferrell and Drew Barrymore was made by Universal, which controls the movie rights.

David Kirschner, Jon Shapiro and Imagine’s Erica Huggins also will produce.

Live-action animal movies are quickly becoming all the range, especially thanks to the roaring success of Disney’s The Jungle Book, which brought animals to life even further than the recent Planet of the Apes movies. Already Fox is developing Mouse Guard, set in the medieval world of mice, rats and foxes, as a live-action/CG hybrid.

Adamson made his directorial debut with 2001's Shrek, the pop culture touchstone that launched DreamWorks Animation, and followed that up with its 2004 sequel. He then made his live-action debut with 2005’s adaptation of the CS Lewis classic The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and followed up with 2008 sequel Prince Caspian.

He last directed 2012’s Cirque de Soleil: Worlds Away.

Adamson is repped by UTA and Nelson Davis.

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