'Little Red Wagon' pic finds director

David Anspaugh boards film based on an inspirational story

David Anspaugh has signed to direct the inspirational tale "Little Red Wagon," based on the story of 12-year-old Zach Bonner, an advocate for homeless youth.

Patrick Sheane Duncan ("Mr. Holland's Opus") is writing the screenplay about Bonner, who as a 7-year-old used his wagon to collect water and supplies in Tampa, Fla., for victims of 2004's Hurricane Charley. A year later, he formed the Little Red Wagon nonprofit to help underprivileged kids.

The film is being funded by the John Templeton Foundation through the Philanthropy Project and will be produced in association with Anonymous Content. Launched in 2007 through a Templeton Foundation grant, the Philanthropy Project is a nonprofit that uses the moving image to inspire citizen philanthropy.

Producing are the Philanthropy Project's Michael Guillen and Anonymous' David Kanter, with Barbara Kelly and Anonymous' Steve Golin as executive producers.

Principal photography is expected to begin in the spring as Bonner launches a March Across America to raise awareness funds for homeless children.

Anspaugh, who shared in two 1980s drama series Emmy wins by "Hill Street Blues," has directed the features "Hoosiers," "Rudy," "Moonlight and Valentino" and "The Game of Their Lives." Repped by ICM and Evolution, he is in preproduction on the indie drama "4Chosen," starring Billy Zane, Laurence Fishburne, Louis Gossett Jr. and Cybill Shepherd.