Jason Reitman to write and direct animated Beekle


Joason Reitman has not been doing so well recently with Labor Day and Men, Women & Children both flopping hard so a dramatic shift sounds in order. That shift is taking on an animated film for Dreamworks in the form of Beekle. 

The movie is an adaptation of a children’s book that features an imaginary friend so weird that no child would ever imagine him. Tired of not being imagined Beekle sets out to the world of humans to find his own friend. The book, The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, is the 2015 recipient of the Caldecott Medal, awarded annually to the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Reitman’s early stuff was great, but it usually rode on the back of his good screenplays, not his direction. Hopefully he can pull out a good one here as his last two have been weak. 

[via The Wrap]

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