First Second Books
After a rather disappointing show with Ice Age: Collision Course, 20th Century Fox Animation is moving forward with ZITA THE SPACEGIRL. The studio has secured the rights to the graphic novel trilogy from Ben Hatke and intend to turn the series into a feature-length adaptation at Chernin Entertainment.
When Zita’s best friend is kidnapped by an alien doomsday cult, she doesn’t just sit back and let it happen — she goes into action to rescue her friend. On her quest to get her friend back, she comes across humanoid chickens, ancient prophecies, doomed planets, and a mysterious man who seems to have an interest in her journey. The series has been praised for its female protagonist and emphasis on female friendship. Based on reports, it sounds like Fox is making one film from the three graphic novels, but that could, of course, change as the project is developed.
Darlene Caamaño Loquet is set to oversee the project for Fox, while Alex Ankeles and Morgan Jurgenson are lending their pens to adapt the script. Previously, Jurgenson worked on the script for Tucker and Dale vs. Evil and currently, he and Ankeles are also working on the scripts for Dead Run and Hyperdrive.
Hatke is also the author behind stories like Julia’s House for Lost Creatures, Little Robot, and Mighty Jack.
Other than the Ice Age franchise, Fox Animation is the studio behind animated films such as The Peanuts Movie, The Book of Life, and Rio. Currently, they have Anubis and The Story of Ferdinand in production.
Hatke is repped by APA, Hansen Literary, and Jackoway Tyerman.
Ankeles is repped by CAA and Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment.
Jurgenson is repped by Agency for the Performing Arts and Hung Entertainment Group.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor