A bunch of directors just lined up some flash new gigs.
First up Lino Di Salvo, the head of animation on Disney’s “Frozen,” has come on board to direct the $75 million animated feature “Playmobil: Robbers, Thieves & Rebels” based on the iconic toy brand for ON Animation Studios.
The project is the first in a potential trilogy based on the toy brand, which has sold more than 2.8 billion figurines in more than 100 countries.
Next, 20th Century Fox has optioned Eisner Award-winner Cullen Bunn’s 2014 graphic novel “The Empty Man” and have brought David Prior onboard to pen and direct the film adaptation of it.
The supernatural thriller deals with a terrifying entity that may be responsible for a string of mysterious disappearances in a small midwestern town. The project is part of Fox’s first-look deal with Boom! Studios. Ross Richie and Stephen Christy will produce.
Then, Argentinian filmmaker Pablo Trapero (“El Clan”) is following up his Goya award win as he’s set to direct “The Man in the Rockefeller Suit” for Fox Searchlight. David Bar Katz has adapted the book by Mark Seal.
The true story tale follows Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, an imposter who posed as a member of the Rockefeller family and achieved a life in rarefied social circles.
Fourth, “Bethlehem” helmer Yuval Adler is attached to direct the eco-thriller “The Last Of The Tribe” for Chockstone Pictures. Mark Bailey wrote the script based on a book by Monte Reel.
Set in the Brazilian Amazon, the story centers on a washed-up former Chicago cop who finds himself in the middle of a fight to save a lone Indian – the last of his tribe – from corporate interests trying to kill him and seize his land.