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Jason Reitman To Write And Direct Animated ‘Beekle’

Jason Reitman To Write And Direct Animated 'Beekle'

Not even the critical and commercial drubbing of  “Men, Women & Children” can stop Jason Reitman. He’s currently filming the Hulu series “Casual,” and on deck he’s got a heist movie based on the Texas Monthly article “I Only Rob Banks For My Family” penned by Skip Hollandsworth (“Bernie“),  with a script from Nick Hornby (“About A Boy,” “Fever Pitch,” “High Fidelity“) penning the script. And now he’s really mixing it up.

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Variety reports that Reitman will write and directed “Beekle” for DreamWorks Animation. It’s based on Dan Santat‘s award-winning “The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend,” which follows an imaginary friend who journeys to find his child companion. Here’s the book synopsis: 

This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match and-at long last-is given his special name: Beekle.
New York Times bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Dan Santat combines classic storytelling with breathtaking art, creating an unforgettable tale about friendship, imagination, and the courage to find one’s place in the world.

No word yet on when we can expect this one, but it seems the wheels are just starting to turn, so it could be a while yet. Still, it’s an interesting direction for Reitman and one that could be creatively invigorating, so it’s definitely a project to keep an eye on.

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