The Tale of Despereaux: According to The Hollywood Reporter, French director Sylvain Chomet, whose The Triplets of Belleville was nominated for an Oscar for best animated film this year, has signed on to direct The Tale of Despereaux for Universal Pictures.

The script for the film will be based on the book "The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread," written by Kate DiCamillo. It has been on the New York Times best-seller list for 25 weeks since September, has sold more than 1 million copies and won the 2004 Newbery Medal for children's literature.

Brian B.