According to Variety, Sam Raimi will direct The Wee Free Men, an adaptation of Terry Pratchett's bestselling young-adult novel.

Sony Pictures Entertainment has acquired the book and set Pamela Pettler to write the script.

Raimi and Josh Donen will produce through their Sony-based company, along with Created By's Vince Gerardis and Ralph Vicinanza. Studio is aiming to develop an event-sized live-action family film that Raimi could possibly direct as the follow-up to his third Spider-Man installment, which begins production this month.

Published in 2003, Wee Free Men has kid empowerment and otherworldly themes with an edgy, irreverent tone. A 9-year-old farm girl heads off to a parallel world to retrieve a brother who has been grabbed by a nasty fairy queen. She battles the monsters of Fairyland with the help of 6-inch-tall blue-faced rowdies who wear kilts, speak in thick Scottish brogues, steal sheep and drink heavily.