New 'Treasure Island' Movie in the Works at Universal, Mandeville Films

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1950's 'Treasure Island' adaptation (Inset: Dean DeBlois)

DeBlois will also produce the buccaneering pirate drama alongside Mandeville's Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman.

Universal Pictures is developing Treasure Island, an action-adventure inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel, with Dean DeBlois set to direct.

Evan Spiliotopoulos (Beauty and the Beast) will write the script, with DeBlois collaborating on the story. Stevenson wrote Treasure Island in 1881 and set the tale amid sailing ships and pirates and the search for buried treasure.

Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman of Mandeville Films (Beauty and the Beast, Wonder) will produce the project alongside DeBlois, whose credits include DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon trilogy and the upcoming Micronauts.

Executive vp Alex Young will oversee the project for Mandeville, while Universal’s director of development Lexi Barta will oversee for the studio.

DeBlois is repped by WME. Spiliotopoulos is repped by Cover 1 Entertainment and Fourth Wall Management.