Regency feeds sweet tooth with visit to 'Candy' land

Fox aboard Mull-penned project

New Regency Prods. is getting caught with its hands in the candy jar.

The production company has acquired the rights to best-selling author Brandon Mull's latest, "The Candy Shop War." The picture will be distributed by Fox. No producer has yet been attached to the project.

The story revolves around four kids who learn that their town's candy shop owner is a wicked magician in search of an ancient talisman rumored to be the source of eternal youth.

The project is the latest in Regency's focus on films that have youth appeal but can play to all audiences.

CAA sold the rights to Regency less than a month after "Candy Shop's" Sept. 11 publishing.

Kara Francis Smith, executive vp production, is overseeing for Regency.

Upcoming projects for Fox and Regency include the comedy "Pets," produced by Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films and directed by James Gunn, and the robot action-adventure "Voltron," with Mark Gordon producing and Justin Marks writing the screenplay.

Mull is the New York Times best-selling author of the popular "Fablehaven" series of books, published by Shadow Mountain, an imprint of the Mormon church-owned Deseret Books. The series is generating buzz as a contender in the fantasy-adventure genre to replace the Harry Potter franchise.