Animation director David Bowers is making his live action debut with Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Roderick Rules, the sequel to Fox 2000's sleeper hit Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zachary Gordon, Steve Zahn and Rachael Harris are returning as stars in the adaptation of the Jeff Kinney young adult novel series.

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Thor Freudenthal directed the first movie but opted not to return for the second outing.

The sequel again focuses on put-upon kid Greg Heffley, who this time around must deal with the punishments inflicted by his older brother Roderick.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Roderick Rules is in pre-production readying for an August start in Vancouver and a March 2011 opening.