According to Variety, producers Lawrence Bender and Karen Barber have signed a two-pic deal with Nickelodeon Movies to bring Jeff Stone's adventure book series The Five Ancestors to the bigscreen.

The deal marks Bender's first foray into the family film market after making a name for himself working with cult director Quentin Tarantino.

"This important alliance with Lawrence re-emphasizes Nick Movies' commitment to deliver groundbreaking, edgy fare into the family marketplace," said Nick Movies senior VP Julia Pistor.

The Five Ancestors will be adapted from Stone's seven-book series, published by Random House. The first two installments -- "Tiger" and "Monkey" -- were released last year, with another installment, titled "Snake," due in March.

Set in 17th-century China, the series follows the adventures of five young monks, each of whom specializes in a different style of "Animal" kung fu. After a rebel brother monk leads an attack on their secret temple, the monks are forced to flee and must rely on their training and instincts to survive.

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