20th Century Fox has acquired Steve Bencich and Ron Friedman’s pitch The Devil You Know. Shawn Levy will produce through his Fox-based 21 Laps alongside Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein.
Bencich and Friedman, who wrote Open Season, Chicken Little and Brother Bear, will adapt “Devil” from the children’s book by Nathan Hale. “Devil” will be a live-action film.
The book revolves around the Fell family and the little devil that lives in their house. The Fells grow impatient with the demon, who does all sorts of bad things. When the prim and proper Ms. Phisto mysteriously appears and offers to remove the little devil and take his place, the Fells wind up with more than they bargained for.