'Airman' flies to big screen

Gil Kenan, Robert Zemeckis to reunite for swashbuckler

Gil Kenan and Robert Zemeckis, who teamed for the ani Oscar-nominated "Monster House," are partnering again for a big-screen version of "Airman," a children's adventure book by "Artemis Fowl" author Eoin Colfer.

Kenan will direct the adaptation, which will be done using performance-capture technology. Zemeckis will produce with his ImageMovers partners Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey.

The swashbuckling scientific story centers on Conor Broekhart, a young man born in a hot air balloon to a family close to the king who has a penchant for looking to the skies for inspiration. After his tutor and king are murdered, Broekhart spends two years in prison, escapes and must decide whether to should turn his back on those who abandoned him or fight those who plot to overthrow the government.

The book was released in January.

No writer is on board.

Kenan, repped by ICM, directed 2006's "Monster House," which Zemeckis exec produced along with Steven Spielberg. His next directorial effort is the upcoming "City of Ember," Playtone and Fox-Walden's adaptation of the Jeanne Duprau book.