Filmmaker gets a case of 'Measle'

Thor Freudenthal eyes adaptation of children's book

Thor Freudenthal, whose "Hotel for Dogs" opens in January, is in negotiations to develop with an eye to direct "Measle and the Wrathmonk," an adaptation of the children's book by Ian Ogilvy being produced at Warner Bros. by Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke.

The story centers on a young boy who, after his parents go missing, is sent to live with an eccentric uncle who turns out to be a crazy wizard known as a wrathmonk. Before the boy knows it, he is shrunk and banished to be a villager in his uncle's toy train set and must figure out how to survive in the hostile environment.

Evan Dunsky wrote the initial adaptation.

Courtenay Valenti is overseeing for the studio.

Zemeckis and Rapke plan on using performance-capture technology, so Freudenthal coming aboard looks like a fit considering the director got his start in the FX world. He worked as a CG conceptual artist for "Stuart Little 2" and was the second unit director for Disney's "The Haunted Mansion."

Freudenthal, repped by Gersh and Gotham Group, is continuing his family-film kick with "Agnes Quill," an adaptation of a graphic novel for Paramount.