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Exclusive: Francis Lawrence Set to Direct In the Small

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | November 23, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | November 23, 2009 |

I am Legend director Francis Lawrence has come aboard to direct In the Small, according to our inside source, The Hollywood Cog. Lawrence, who earlier this month replaced Guy Ritchie as the director on Sergeant Rock, which is based on a WW2 comic book, is reteaming with Rock producer Akiva Goldsman on In the Small, which was purchased by Goldsman’s Weed Road Pictures two years ago.

In the Small, which is based on a Michael Hague graphic novel, concerns a strange explosion that leaves all humans six inches tall, yet nothing else is affected. Those who survive the transition are forced to create a new social order and adjust in a world where man is no longer at the top of the food chain. As they attempt to find out what happened, humanity is faced with a new and existential threat.

The project is set up at Warner Brothers, and first-time screenwriter Laura Harrington wrote the first draft, adapting Hague’s graphic novel. Warner’s Sarah Schechter is also set to produce.

The former music video director is currently set up on several other projects, including an I Am Legend prequel; Snow and Seven, a retelling of the Snow White story with Michael Chabon as one of the co-writers; and an adaptation of Water for Elephants. However, he doesn’t have a go project yet, and In the Small is one of the few projects he currently has in development that already has a script written (Sgt. Rock is currently out for rewrite).

I don’t know much about Michael Hague, though I understand he’s best known as an illustrator of children’s fantasy books, such as The Hobbit and Hans Christian Anderson stories. In the Small, in fact, is a young adult novel. Reviews suggested it was brilliantly illustrated, but that the writing was lacking. I’d also suggest that the idea itself is rather lacking, given The Incredible Shrinking Man.

(This project was confirmed with a second, unnamed source.)

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