Sony Pictures Animation has acquired film rights to the classic children's book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which it is actively developing as a feature film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film will be based on the illustrated book by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett which imagines a fanciful world where it rains juice and snows mashed potatoes and spaghetti.

The movie's plot will center around a scientist who tries to solve world hunger only to see things go awry as food falls from the sky in abundance.

"This is a project that we put into development right after we formed the company," said Yair Landau, president, Sony Pictures Digital. "It's one of my favorite books. It's something we chased right away."