'Slumdog' writer in 'Truckers' convoy

Simon Beaufoy penning film for DreamWorks Animation

Simon Beaufoy has his first post-Oscar gig.

The "Slumdog Millionaire" writer, who walked away with the Academy Award for adapted screenplay last month, is working on the script for DreamWorks Animation's "Truckers." The project is in the early development stages, and nothing is known about the story line.

Recent blog-fanned rumors that Beaufoy had been hired to write "Wolverine 2" were unfounded, though he did have a conversation with"X-Men Origins: Wolverine" producer Lauren Shuler Donner about the project.

The animation process is drawn-out for writers and involves years of give and take with storyboard artists, animators and executives as they provide input and create scenes. But Beaufoy isn't the first scribe to take the gold and dive right into animation: Michael Arndt, who won the original screenplay Oscar for 2006's "Little Miss Sunshine," had already packed his bags for Pixar to work on the script for the forthcoming "Toy Story 3."

Beaufoy, repped by the Rod Hall Agency and Thompson Street Entertainment, earned an Oscar nom for "The Full Monty."