The Twits: According to Variety, with Tim Burton's take on Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory due in theaters next summer, several other classic texts by this giant of Brit kid lit are speeding toward production, involving talent as diverse as Wes Anderson, Henry Selick, Robert Altman and John Cleese.

Mark Mylod (Ali G Indahouse) is freshly attached to direct The Twits, based on Dahl's tale about a vile couple and their unhappy band of performing animals, which Shrek producer John Williams is developing under his Disney deal. Cleese has co-written the script with a view to star in a pic that will blend live action and animation.

Anderson and Selick (who directed the 1996 movie of Dahl's James and the Giant Peach) are collaborating on a stop-motion version of "Fantastic Mr Fox" for Revolution Studios and Sony, about the feud between the eponymous chicken thief and three villainous farmers.

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