The Weinstein Company has picked up North America and all English-speakingterritories on Luc Besson's CGI-live-action adaptation of his 2003 children'sbook Arthur And The Minimoys.
Freddie Highmore and Mia Farrow star in the live-action parts ofthe project, with Madonna, Snoop Dogg and David Bowie providing voices for theanimated sections.
Currently shooting, the EuropaCorp production centres on a ten-year-oldboy who enlists the help of a race of miniature creatures in order to save hisgrandmother's house.
"We are thrilled to be bringing this exciting adventure storyto the big screen," said Harvey Weinstein in a statement. "Arthur is an enchanting and heroic tale andwill be enjoyed by family audiences everywhere."
"Arthur And The Minimoys is clearly the most ambitious, creativeand unique project EuropaCorp has ever produced," Pierre-Ange Le Pogam added."Luc Besson has spent three-and-a-half years to create and direct thismovie, with the same energy and passion that he provided on The FifthElement, and more.
"We all at EuropaCorp are thrilled and most delighted to knowthis treasured project is being carried by such a creative and dedicated teamsuch as The Weinstein Company."
There are four books in Besson's series - a big hit inFrance - including Arthur And The Forbidden City, Arthur And TheRevenge Of Maltazard,and Arthur And The War Of The Two Worlds.
Weinstein Company co-president of production Michael Cole anddirector of production and development Michael Schaefer will oversee the project.Executive vice president of Europe acquisitions and co-production MaevaGatineau brought the project to the company.
Cole and executive vice president of business and legal affairsBarry Littman negotiated the deal with EuropaCorp's Le Pogam and Besson. Publishingrights of the first two volumes are handled by Harper Collin's Children Books.