Gary Ross Bringing Phantom Tollbooth Back to the Big Screen
Now this sounds like fun! Pajiba is reporting that Gary Ross, director of Pleasantville and Seabiscuit as well as being Tobey Maguire's friend and producer, is developing a remake of The Phantom Tollbooth at Warner Brothers. The project will be a "hybrid live-action/animated fantasy remake" with a first draft of the script written by Alex Tse (of Watchmen). The original Phantom Tollbooth was an animated feature film from 1970 directed by Chuck Jones and based on the children's book by Norman Juster. As much as I'd wish this would be like Where the Wild Things Are, I don't think that's the kind of hybrid they're talking about.
The Phantom Tollbooth follows a young boy named Milo 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. That sounds awesome. Gary Ross is producing through his Larger than Life Productions and plans to direct. However, Ross and Warner Bros are looking for another writer to take another shot at the script before continuing on. Sounds like a cool idea, I guess I don't mind seeing this remade, but we'll have to see if it comes together, since Ross has a lot of other projects on his plate.
Oh and the tagline of the original movie was: "It's an Alphabeautiful Mathemagical New Musical Movie!"