According to The Hollywood Reporter, Shawn Levy has signed on to direct A Night at the Museum for 20th Century Fox. Levy's shingle, 21 Laps Entertainment, also has signed a two-year, nonexclusive, first-look production deal with the studio.

The live-action/CG film will mark Levy's first project for Fox under his new deal. The family comedy centers on a goodhearted but bumbling security guard at the Museum of Natural History who accidentally trips an ancient curse that causes the animals and insects on display to come to life.

Stephen Sommers was attached to direct Museum for the studio and had stepped aside from writing-directing-producing chores on Paramount Pictures' sci-fi thriller When Worlds Collide to take on the project (HR 8/29).