Hit Movies is developing its first feature film based on the evergreen pre-school property.
Josh Klausner, writer of Shrek the Third and the upcoming Date Night has signed to develop the script to bring Thomas to the big screen. The movie is slated to hit theatres in spring 2011.
Julia Pistor, head of Hit Movies, commented: “We are very excited to kick off our development slate with our first feature film based on the iconic Thomas the Tank Engine. With a nearly 65 year history rooted in publishing, Thomas & Friends is a phenomenally successful and versatile brand that appeals to children and families worldwide.
“Generations of children have grown up with the adventures of Thomas and Friends with its storytelling, tradition, positive values, timeless lessons and rich train history.
“We look forward to working with Josh Klausner to translate the classic Thomas & Friends stories into a thrilling big modern adventure movie for today’s children, and as well as their parents and grandparents.”
Josh Klausner added: “I’m incredibly honoured to be working with one of the world’s best-loved children’s brands.
"Author Reverend Awdry’s robust characters and stories continue to stand the test of time, and I am excited to play a role in sending off Thomas and his friends on a new exciting adventure that will thrill and entertain the entire family, young and old alike.”