Fox to Adapt The Magician’s Elephant


20th Century Fox is adapting “The Magician’s Elephant,” hiring Martin Hynes (The Go-Getter) to write a script based on Kate DiCamillo’s soon-to-be-published children’s book.

The story centers on impossible things that may happen when a fortune teller tells an orphan boy that an elephant will lead him to his long-lost sister.

“What attracted me to the project was that Fox wanted to make a fable which could both be a classic but not take itself too seriously,” Hynes told Variety “The film we’ve referenced in terms of tone is ‘The Princess Bride’ — something that kids will enjoy, but adults will love on other levels.”

Two of DiCamillo’s books — “The Tale of Despereaux” and “Because of Winn Dixie” — have been adapted into features.