The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Seabiscuit filmmaker Gary Ross is moving on to his next bestseller, this one a children's book. Universal Pictures has optioned Kate DiCamillo's Newberry Medal-winning kidlit novel "The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread" for Ross and his Larger Than Prods.

"Despereaux," which stands near the top of the New York Times' children's books bestseller list, is the tale of three misfits -- a banished mouse, a rat who likes the light and a young servant girl with cauliflower ears -- whose fates are intertwined with that of a princess.

Ross will develop the project as an animated feature with partner Allison Thomas.

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