According to The Hollywood Reporter, Vanguard Films has pre-emptively acquired the feature comedy Gnomes! from writers Micah Herman and Kyle Newman. The pair also are slated to co-direct the project.

The story centers on a boy who discovers that the garden gnomes in his backyard actually are alive. When he starts to suspect that his mom's new suitor is a gnome-eating troll, the boy enlists the gnomes' help.

The movie's format -- live action, animated or a combination of the two -- has yet to be determined.