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9 director taking on live-action Thomas the Tank Engine film

Jun. 9, 2011by: Paul Tassi

Yet another classic childhood property is getting snatched up for the big screen treatment, and this time, it's one that could produce a rather strange result.

9 director Shane Acker is set to helm a live-action adaptation of Thomas the Tank Engine. That seems like the kind of thing that might be a better CGI feature, as it you know, features talking trains, but Acker has a different idea of how the property should be handled.

"I'm a recent father, with a 20-month old daughter," he told Deadline. "We lead such busy lives in Hollywood, always running and hustling, but children tend to slow you down a bit and reconnect you with that inner world. It reinvents your imagination, seeing things through a child's eyes It was transformative for me and that is what inspired me about the possibilities here. The tale will revolve around a pre-teen boy who has drifted apart from his father. The son is introduced into this world of Sodor, a place his father visited as a child but can't remember. There is a bonding experience."

Sodor sounds like a demonic hell-city to me, but no, it's the titular town from the series, and I'm sure this won't be a terribly dark vision of Thomas and his bretheren.

Supposedly Weta Workshop is set to do a lot of work on the film to make those talking trains not terrifying, but if there's one red flag for this, I'd say it's that the script is being written by SHREK THE THIRD's Josh Klausner, also responsible for the fourth film in that series and DATE NIGHT to boot. But I suppose it is talking trains, and how much cleverness do you really need in that screenplay? I don't see the target audience being a day over seven for this, and that's totally fine. Little kids need movies too, and not every children's movie has to be for grown-ups as well.

Extra Tidbit: I vote for a live-action Mr. Rogers movie where he's a gun-toting action hero.
Source: Deadline

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12:26PM on 06/10/2011

OMG

LMAO at the extra tidbit.

I would pay to see my beloved Mr. Rogers all actioned up while simultaneously remaining soft spoken and friendly.

"Won't you be, won't you be? Please won't you be....my victim.. BOOOOM!!!"
LMAO at the extra tidbit.

I would pay to see my beloved Mr. Rogers all actioned up while simultaneously remaining soft spoken and friendly.

"Won't you be, won't you be? Please won't you be....my victim.. BOOOOM!!!"
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9:24PM on 06/09/2011
I've just watched 9 yesterday - and now comes a news involving Shane Acker... Nice.
BTW, I'm not very interested in a Thomas movie but 9 (both the short and the feature film) really proved Shane's talent and dedication for visual storytelling, so I'm glad he got another film.
I've just watched 9 yesterday - and now comes a news involving Shane Acker... Nice.
BTW, I'm not very interested in a Thomas movie but 9 (both the short and the feature film) really proved Shane's talent and dedication for visual storytelling, so I'm glad he got another film.
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8:10PM on 06/09/2011
So long as they don't go all Smurfs on this franchise, I'm all for it. "Shining Time Station" was a great show (is it still called that?), I used to love Thomas the Tank Engine because we both were named Thomas. I probably won't watch this unless my niece wants to see it.
So long as they don't go all Smurfs on this franchise, I'm all for it. "Shining Time Station" was a great show (is it still called that?), I used to love Thomas the Tank Engine because we both were named Thomas. I probably won't watch this unless my niece wants to see it.
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8:01PM on 06/09/2011
I think he would make a good director for the film. The way he said made him sound passionate. I still watch Thomas series with my nephew and find it enjoyble. My favorite character: Cranky the Crane - he's like Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino.
I think he would make a good director for the film. The way he said made him sound passionate. I still watch Thomas series with my nephew and find it enjoyble. My favorite character: Cranky the Crane - he's like Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino.
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6:28PM on 06/09/2011
needs a Ringo Starr cameo
needs a Ringo Starr cameo
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4:24PM on 06/09/2011
the way Shane Acker explaines the story it could turn out to be a good flick. I hope this turns out good for kids.
the way Shane Acker explaines the story it could turn out to be a good flick. I hope this turns out good for kids.
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1:50PM on 06/09/2011
No idea why I remembered this but there already was a Thomas live action movie, that starred Alec Baldwin - "Thomas And The Magic Railroad".
This isn't the worst idea for a film - kids still go crazy for Thomas the Tank Engine.
No idea why I remembered this but there already was a Thomas live action movie, that starred Alec Baldwin - "Thomas And The Magic Railroad".
This isn't the worst idea for a film - kids still go crazy for Thomas the Tank Engine.
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1:30PM on 06/09/2011

that

picture is epic. lol
picture is epic. lol
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1:10PM on 06/09/2011
I vote Louis CK to replace the late great George Carlin as Mr. Conductor.
I vote Louis CK to replace the late great George Carlin as Mr. Conductor.
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5:26PM on 06/09/2011
I agree, but the name is Sir Toppen Hat...Sorry, I have a 3 year old and a 5 year old. They had one with Peirce Bronson did the Narration...I'd def take my kids to see it. BTW if you watch the shows and movies, Thomas is the most obnoxious jerk in the whole series...
I agree, but the name is Sir Toppen Hat...Sorry, I have a 3 year old and a 5 year old. They had one with Peirce Bronson did the Narration...I'd def take my kids to see it. BTW if you watch the shows and movies, Thomas is the most obnoxious jerk in the whole series...
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