Brevig's the ranger on Warners' 'Yogi'

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Eric Brevig is picking up Yogi Bear's pic-a-nic basket. The director has come on to helm Warner Bros.' feature take on the classic Hanna- Barbera cartoon, which will be produced as a 3-D project.

The WMA-repped Brevig, a longtime visual effects supervisor whose credits include "The Day After Tomorrow" and "Men in Black," directed Warners and Walden's "Journey to the Center of the Earth," a 3-D pic that earned more than $230 million worldwide in the summer.

Ash Brannon, who directed "Surf's Up" for Columbia, was attached to helm "Yogi" when it was a 2-D vehicle.

Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia, who executive produced "That '70s Show," are penning the screenplay for "Yogi," which will offer a new take on the half-century-old title character and his sidekick Boo Boo, who get into a series of misadventures in Jellystone Park.

The movie is expected to combine live action and CG in the manner of "Alvin and the Chipmunks," a hit for Fox in 2007.

Donald De Line and Karen Rosenfelt are producing "Yogi," with Jon Berg overseeing for Warners.

3-D has become a higher priority at many studios, with execs believing that the technology will compel more filmgoers to see movies in theaters. Disney's "Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience" opens Friday to high expectations. (partialdiff)
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