Fox 2000 has announced plans to bring Jeff Kinney’s bestselling “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” book series to the big screen. The film adaptation is planned as a live-action family feature with hope of it could spawn a franchise for the studio.
Fox 2000 picked up the rights to the five Kinney novels – which combine handwriting and animation to tell the story of Greg Heffley. He is a normal middle school student who chronicles his daily struggles with bullies, family members and the problems with just being a kid.
The film is being produced by former Buena Vista president Nina Jacobson with Carla Hacken overseeing the production’s development. The studio is still looking for a director and screenwriter for the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Kinney’s first two “Wimpy Kid” books (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and February’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules,”) went to No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. Kinney’s third book, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw,” is scheduled to be released later in 2008. He has two more books planned for the series.