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Fox 2000 and Temple Hill are taking the viral webseries Action Movie Kid to the big screen.
Andrew Dodge, who wrote 2013’s Bad Words, has been hired to pen the screenplay for the feature-film adaptation.
The Action Movie Kid webseries started when Daniel Hashimoto, a seasoned visual-effects artist whose work includes How To Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda 3, noticed his 4-year-old son’s imaginative games and added special effects to the videos. The series shows his son pretending to be Iron Man, having a snowball fight with the stars of Frozen and wielding a lightsaber — all thanks to Hashimoto’s use of special visual effects.
The story also made its way into book form, with a children’s book of the same name published by Simon & Schuster in May. Hashimoto and Mandy Richardville wrote the book, which was illustrated by Valerio Fabbretti. It centers on James, a regular boy who uses his imagination to become Action Movie Kid, who defends the universe against monsters, aliens and robots.
Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey will produce, while Isaac Klausner will oversee the project for the company. Nikki Ramey and Erin Siminoff will oversee for Fox.
Along with writing Bad Words, Dodge penned the script for Paramount’s O’ Lucky Day, which Adam Shankman will direct and Peter Dinklage will star in. Dodge is also working on the script for an untitled cop comedy, which Justin Lin will produce, and is writing a TV drama for HBO that Lin and Jeremy Renner are producing. The busy scribe also is writing a pilot for Keshet and Automatik. Dodge is repped by CAA, Grandview and Gang Tyre.
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