Ron Howard is set to direct Paramount Pictures’ “The Shrinking of Treehorn,” the filmmaker’s first animated feature which is based on the children’s book by Florence Parry Heide.
The story follows a young man who begins shrinking in size after playing a strange board game, which goes largely unnoticed by his parents. Rob Lieber (“Peter Rabbit”) is writing the script while the visual tone will be akin to the original Edward Gorey illustrations.
The project is one of four ambitious, original animated and live-action hybrid films Howard and Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment is doing with Australian production engine Animal Logic. Also setup is the Stuart Beattie-penned Australian aboriginal tale “Rainbow Serpent,” the buddy comedy “Zero,” and “Muttnik” which follows a Soviet-launch dog astronaut who returns home to his family an evolved creature.