WB cages Palmer for 'Chameleon'

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Chris Palmer is attached to direct "A Spell for Chameleon" for Warner Bros. Pictures. Wolfgang Petersen is producing via his Radiant Prods. banner along with David Benioff.

"Chameleon" is based on the Piers Anthony novel that kicked off his incredibly popular and long-running Xanth novel series. The story is set in the kingdom of Xanth, where everyone has magical powers, and centers on a young man who is exiled for having none. He later returns to reveal his true gift when the kingdom needs saving.

"The 'Harry Potter' books are about magic people and Muggles, humans who have no powers and, ironically, the people reading them are Muggles themselves," Palmer said. "So I like this idea of turning that around. I like how (the main character's) lack of magical abilities ends up saving the day."

The aim, he said, is to make "Chameleon" as an adult-skewing family movie.

Palmer, a U.K.-based commercial director, is behind a British-tinged live-action version of "The Simpsons" opening credits, which was a massive hit on YouTube and has spawned imitations. Palmer is attached to direct the adaptation "The Keepers of the Truth" as well as "Lunatic at Large," based on an idea by Stanley Kubrick. He is repped by CAA.

Courtenay Valenti will oversee the project for the studio.
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