Tank Engine “Thomas” Becomes Film

Josh Klausner (“Shrek the Third”) has been hired to pen a script for a feature film based on the highly successful “Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends” property that HIT Entertainment is developing says The Hollywood Reporter.

The film property will mix live-action and CGI and has already set a Spring 2011 release. The project comes just before HIT develops a new CGI animated TV series which airs next year in time for the property’s 65th birthday.

Reverend W.V. Awdry’s “Thomas & Friends” remains the world’s most popular preschool property, with more than 100 million books and wooden train accessories sold globally.