[Movies] Captain Underpants Has A Director
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.26.2013
A Dreamworks veteran...
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Monsters vs Aliens) will direct Captain Underpants for Dreamworks Animation. Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him To The Greek) wrote the script based on the kids books by Dav Pilkey.
The story follows two fourth graders who are best friends who draw comics and sell them on the playground. Their creation, Captain Underpants, becomes real when they accidentally hypnotize the mean principal and turn him into a superhero.
The series was launched by Scholastic in September 1997. There are now 50 million books in print in the US alone. Eight Underpants books have been published in 19 countries. Several have debuted at #1 on best-seller lists, including The New York Times and USA Today.
Damon Ross will oversee the project for Dreamworks Animation. It currently doesn't have a release date.
Stoller took some time away from raunchy comedies to co-write 2011's The Muppets and next year's Muppets Most Wanted. His next film is another R-rated comedy, Neighbors. It will be out in May 2014 and stars Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. Letterman and Stoller last worked together on the 2010 Jack Black comedy Gulliver's Travels. Letterman directed and Stoller co-wrote.