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Exclusive: Gary Ross to Direct a Remake of The Phantom Tollbooth

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 17, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 17, 2010 |

Gary Ross is a director whose name gets associated with a lot more projects than he’s actually directed — for such an supposedly in-demand director, he’s not exactly prolific. He’s helmed exactly two movies since 1998 — Pleasantville and Seabiscuit, but his name has nevertheless been attached to the Venom spin-off, and he was behind a rewrite for the now-dead Sam Raimi/Toby Maguire version of Spider-Man 4.

In addition to Matt Helm and Tokyo Suckerpunch (among others), you can add this one to the list of movies that Gary Ross is currently developing: The Phantom Tollbooth, a remake of the 1970 Chuck Jones animated feature based on the children’s book by Norman Juster.

Ross is producing a hybrid live-action/animated fantasy remake with Warner Brothers and his own shingle, Larger than Life Productions, as a project he plans to direct. Alex Tse (Watchmen) wrote the first draft of the script, but Warner and Ross are currently looking for another take on the script before it moves ahead.

The Phantom Tollbooth follows a young boy who finds a magical tollbooth that transports him to the enchanting Kingdom of Wisdom, which he must save by rescuing a pair of princesses from a dark power that threatens their destruction.

Ross most recently scripted the remake of The Creature from the Black Lagoon for Carl Rinsch, and is currently putting together The Crusaders with Tobey Maguire and the Civil War drama, The Free State of Jones, which he’s set to write and direct.

(Source: The Hollywood Cog)

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