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Filmmaker James Mangold continues to add projects to his long list after having one of the biggest hits of his career with Logan earlier this year. He’s now attached to direct the Newberry-winning children’s book Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate for his long-time home at Fox, the Tracking Board confirms.
Published by Macmillan in 2015, the story follows a young boy named Jackson whose family has been having money issues, so Jackson’s imaginary friend, a giant cat named Crenshaw, returns to give them a hand… or paw.
The first draft of the script for the live-action film was written by Fred Seton with Kickstart Productions producing the project.
Applegate also wrote the children’s book The One and Only Ivan, which is being turned into an animated feature by Disney with Angelina Jolie providing one of the main voices.
Repped by WME and Management 360, Mangold hasn’t been the most prolific filmmaker over the past few years, but he’s had a number of critical and commercial hits like Cop Land, Girl, Interrupted — for which Jolie won an Oscar, coincidentally — and Walk the Line, for which Reese Witherspoon won her Oscar. In 2013, Mangold came onto the X-Men franchise by directing Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine, which did well enough for Fox to keep him on board for the even more successful Logan.
Mangold already has a ton of project on his plate from a prequel to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for Disney, to a Travis McGee movie The Deep Blue Good-by, an adaptation of Don Winslow’s crime novel The Force and possibly a Logan spin-off centering around his daughter Laura aka X-23. Any of these projects can be next as they continue through the development process.
Seton is repped by Verve and McKuin Frankel, and The Hollywood Reporter first broke this story.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor