Greek mythology is big at the moment, with Percy Jackson and Clash of the Titans already released, Tarsem Singh’s Immortals just going into production, as well as remakes of Jason and the Argonauts and Hercules in development. Now it seems a film set in a similar world but with a rather different take on things is in the works, with Men In Black director Barry Sonnenfeld shepherding it to the screen.
Pajiba reports that Dreamworks Animation has hired Sonnenfeld to direct a CGI adaptation of Paul Shipton’s children’s book, The Pig Scrolls, about a talking pig (Gryllus) and his endeavours to save the world. Gryllus, who was once a member of captain Odesseus famous crew, was transformed into a pig by the deity Circe. Set in Ancient Greece, the book makes many references to Greek mythology and includes all of the major Greek gods, as well as some minor deities.
It’s certainly the sort of thing Dreamworks Animation likes to make, especially as the ‘toon factory is known for jumping on band-wagons. While it appears The Pig Scrolls is a few years off making it to the screen (especially as Sonnefeld is also working Men In Black 3, The Spellman Files and Swift, among other), Kirk DeMicco (Racing Stripes, Space Chimps) took the most recent pass at the script, so it’s certainly more than just a passing fancy for Dreamworks.