Disney's adaptation of Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Ivan follows an ape who teams up with an elephant to escape captivity.
The director will be the third person hired to helm this Seth Grahame-Smith novel adaptation.
The director had a commitment to HBO that couldn't be worked out in time for him to direct this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's zombie novel.
The School of Rock screenwriter beat out other directors such as Jonathan Demme and Matt Reeves for this period zombie movie.
The writer of Chuck & Buck and School of Rock is one of the few who can handle the thriller's many tones.
Seth Grahame-Smith's mash-up novel has also attracted interest from Matt Reeves, Mike White, Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
The network places a series order for this show.