Several upcoming major and minor films have locked in new directors in the past day or so.
The Phantom Tollbooth
“Rio” and “Ice Age” helmer Carlos Saldanha has signed on to make his live-action debut a film adaptation of Norton Juster’s children’s classic “The Phantom Tollbooth” for TriStar Pictures. Donald De Line and Ed McDonnell are producing while Ted Melfi (“Hidden Figures”) penned the script.
The book follows Milo, an apathetic child who encounters a tollbooth in his room and the magical Lands Beyond which are full of intriguing places and dynamic characters. He soon learns that life is much more exciting than he had thought it to be.
“Everest” filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur is in talks to direct the thriller “Deeper” at MGM which Max Landis (“Bright”) penned while David Goyer and Kevin Turren will produce with filming to begin in the Spring.
The story follows a former astronaut, who was hired to take a submersible to the deepest part of the ocean. Supernatural events transpire as the vehicle gets closer to its destination.
Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi has been set to direct “Tiger” at Focus Features, Protozoa and Plan B. The project is based on John Vaillant’s 2010 non-fiction novel and will be produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Darren Aronofsky.
Set on the Siberian plain where human development is encroaching on the tigers’ habitat, one tiger turns on the intruders. With townspeople being tracked and hunted with an almost supernatural power, a conservationist game warden must face down the tiger.
Amblin Partners is closing a deal to adapt Julian Terry’s horror short “Whisper” into a feature film with Terry himself set to direct. Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are producing while Bryce McGuire will write the script.
The story sees household tech devices used as a gateway for a supernatural entity that has scores to settle with the tone said to have a “Poltergeist” feel.