Diary of a Wimpy Kid to be Directed by Freudenthal

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Thor Freudenthal is coming aboard to direct Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the story of a junior high wiseguy that Nina Jacobson is producing for Fox 2000.

“Wimpy” is a live-action story based on Jeff Kinney’s illustrated tales about the life of pre-adolescent Greg Heffley, a smart aleck who frequently gets caught up in escapades at school and with his family.

Kinney’s characters began life in a Web comic before migrating to print novels; a new “Wimpy” book is due out next month.