'Logan' Filmmaker James Mangold Tackling Children's Book Adaptation 'Crenshaw' (Exclusive)

James Mangold and the cover of the children's book Crenshaw -Getty-H 2017
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Fox is developing the adaptaion of the book from Newbery-winning author Katherine Applegate.

James Mangold is the cat's meow.

The writer-director, who directed the critically acclaimed Logan for Fox, is attached to direct Crenshaw, a feature adaption of a children's book from Newbery-winning author Katherine Applegate that is set up at the studio.

Applegate's book follows Jackson, a young boy whose family has fallen on hard times, at which point his imaginary friend — a giant cat named Crenshaw — comes back in to Jackson's life to offer some help.

Applegate's other children's book, the award-winning The One and Only Ivan, is set for an animated feature adaptation from Disney with Angelina Jolie in place to voice-star.

Crenshaw, which will be a live-action adaptation, will be produced by Kickstart Productions (Wanted). Frederick Seton penned the first draft. 

Mangold is already developing multiple projects as a director, and it was not immediately clear where the Crenshaw adaptation falls on that very long list. 

He most recently directed Hugh Jackman in his final outing as Wolverine in Logan. The comic book movie picked up an impressive $616 million at the box office and has been receiving some major awards buzz. He is attached to write and direct a Logan spinoff centering on the film's young X-23 character. 

Mangold is repped by WME and Management 360. Seton is repped by Verve, Madhouse and McKuin Frankel.