According to The Hollywood Reporter, Francis Lawrence, who directed Constantine for Warner Bros. Pictures, is reuniting with the studio to helm a feature film adaptation of Philip Ardagh's children's fantasy novel "A House Called Awful End." Weed Road's Akiva Goldsman, Circle of Confusion's Jason Lust and Lawrence Mattis and Erwin Stoff are producing the adaptation, which will be titled Awful End.

Awful End tells the story of an 11-year-old British boy who finds himself in the questionable care of Mad Uncle Jack and Mad Aunt Maud when his parents become ill. The relatives turn him over to St. Horrid's Home for Grateful Orphans, where he stages a breakout with other orphans.

The book is the first of the "Eddie Dickens Trilogy." The second book is titled "Dreadful Acts"; the third is yet to be published. Matthew Huffman adapted the book. The movie will involve both live action and animation.