Gil Kenan (upcoming City of Ember) and Robert Zemeckis, who teamed for Monster House, are partnering again for a big-screen version of Airman, a children’s adventure book by “Artemis Fowl” author Eoin Colfer.
The Hollywood Reporter says Kenan will direct the adaptation, which will be done using performance capture technology. Zemeckis will produce with his ImageMovers partners Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey.
The swashbuckling scientific story centers on Conor Broekhart, a young man born in a hot air balloon to a family close to the king who has a penchant for looking to the skies for inspiration. After his tutor and king are murdered, Broekhart spends two years in prison, escapes and must decide whether to should turn his back on those who abandoned him or fight those who plot to overthrow the government.