Tom Thumb heads to the big screen

"Enchanted" director Kevin Lima to helm Warners feature

Warner Bros. is taking a little man to the big screen.

The studio is developing "Thumb," a feature version of Tom Thumb, the diminutive folklore character who has had many entertainment incarnations over the years. "Enchanted" director Kevin Lima will helm the film.

"Thumb" will primarily be a live-action movie, though Thumb may be depicted as a CG character. The movie, which could be fast-tracked by the studio, is said to be a fresh take that will explore the character's origin story; the comedy-adventure is based on an original screenplay by "Saving Private Ryan" scribe Robert Rodat and will look at the heroism that a knight must summon after he is reduced to a pint size.

The film will be produced by Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher via their Red Wagon banner, with Chris Chase executive producing. Courtenay Valenti and Jesse Ehrman are overseeing for Warners.

Tom Thumb is a British legend that dates as far back as the 1500s; the minuscule hero is known for getting himself into mischief in his parents' home and eventually winding up in the castle of King Arthur.

There have been a number of big screen takes on the character over the years, including a live-action musical from MGM in 1958 and a darker animated BBC film in 1993.

In addition to "Enchanted," the Endeavor-repped Lima co-directed Disney's "Tarzan," which grossed $435 million worldwide when it was released in 1999.
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