Director Danny DeVito Back for 'True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle'

September 9, 2011
Source: THR

Danny DeVito / Charlotte Doyle

While the actor has kept busy in front of the camera in his series regular role on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," but Danny DeVito hasn't stepped behind the camera since directing the mediocre 2003 comedy Duplex starring Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore. However, THR now has word that he will return to the director's chair for an adaptation of the Newbery award-winning book The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. Morgan Freeman and Pierce Brosnan are committed to play the two lead adult characters in the story of the titular young daughter of an aristocrat who has lived a very sheltered life.

The girl”s journey begins when she sets out from Liverpool on a trans-Atlantic journey to her new home in America. She finds herself the only passenger, and the only girl, on the Seahawk, a majestic ship under the command of Captain Jaggery. The story is described as a story of intrigue on the open sea, and it sounds like yet another unique directing job for DeVito who has directed vulgar comedies like Death to Smoochy and charming children's movies like Matilda. This sounds like it's more in the vein of the latter, but with a more mature story and thematic elements. The film will start shooting in Ireland sometime next year and DeVito is currently looking for a bright teenage actress to play the title character.

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