Thor Freudenthal aboard for 'Wimpy'

Director takes on Fox 2000's junior high wiseguy tale

Thor Freudenthal is coming aboard to direct "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," the story of a junior high wiseguy that Nina Jacobson is producing for Fox 2000.

"Wimpy" is a live-action story based on Jeff Kinney's illustrated tales about the life of pre-adolescent Greg Heffley, a smart aleck who frequently gets caught up in escapades at school and with his family.

Kinney's characters began life in a Web comic before migrating to print tomes; a new "Wimpy" book is due out next month.

The Gersh-repped Freudenthal has been a sought-after helmer for movies aimed at younger audiences. He directed "Hotel for Dogs," Paramount's Emma Roberts-toplined canine comedy, and has signed on to direct Warner Bros.' young-adult fantasy "Measle and the Wrathmonk."

Jacobson will produce "Wimpy" through her Color Force banner. The former Touchstone executive has set up several projects since leaving Disney, including "Wimpy" and "Wednesday" at Universal.