Tom McCarthy Writing & Possibly Directing 'Tommysaurus Rex' Movie
Tommysaurus Rex and Tom McCarthy - sounds like a perfect match. Over at Heat Vision they're reporting interesting development news on a comic book adaptation that's been in the works since 2004. Universal first acquired the rights to adapt Doug TenNapel's graphic novel Tommysaurus Rex back in 2004, ten years ago, for around $1 million. The project has been bouncing around at the studio ever since, but now they've picked up Tom McCarthy, an actor/writer/producer and director who will be co-writing the script and possibly directing the movie, too. Now I actually have some hope this might turn out pretty damn good.
Most may recognize Tom McCarthy from the Meet the Parents series, or Michael Clayton, 2012, The Lovely Bones and so on. However, McCarthy is actually an award-winning director, behind the films The Station Agent, The Visitor and Win Win, as well as a writer, credited on the script for Disney's Million Dollar Arm and story for Pixar's Up. McCarthy just finished another film that he co-wrote and directed called The Cobbler, but THR says he's "eying" Tommysaurus Rex to direct, and will be co-writing the script with John Bland. My hope is that this turns out more like Where the Wild Things Are than Harry and the Hendersons.
As for the source material, published by Image Comics in 2004 written by Doug TenNapel, Tommysaurus Rex tells the story of a boy named Ely who moves in with his grandfather for the summer after he loses his pet dog in an accident. While exploring a nearby cave he discovers a full-grown but friendly Tyrannosaurus Rex. As the news of the dinosaur grows around town, so does the friendship between Ely and his Jurassic pet. But Randy, the mean kid down the street, decides he's going to make life miserable for Ely and his dinosaur-to devastating effect. Mary Parent & Cale Boyter are producing through Disruption Entertainment, along with Ellen Goldsmith-Vein & Lee Stollman of the Gotham Group. Stay tuned for updates on this one.