Fox Animation has acquired the rights to adapt Mike Van Wae’s book ‘Peeves’ into a hybrid live-action/animation film, with Temple Hill Entertainment set to produce. Van Waes will both write and executive produce the adaptation, although the logline is so far being kept under-wraps.
Van Waes has previously sold a feature spec “Hammerspace” to Warner Bros. last year in a competitive situation and was set up at Lin Pictures. That project tells the story of a dying teenager who finds a key that unlocks a world to an alternate dimension that helps him in his time of crisis. Van Waes is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and was a reader for DreamWorks and Paramount. His script “Grave Hearts” was a finalist for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting in 2014.
Temple Hill produced the “Twilight” and “Maze Runner” franchises in addition to “The Fault in Our Stars.” CAA, which brokered the deal with Fox Animation, simultaneously sold the “Peeves” publishing rights to HarperCollins.