Chris Wedge, the director of Ice Age and Robots, is set to direct his first live-action film. Wedge's production company has purchased the rights to Paul Hoffman's book, Wings of Madness: Alberto Santos-Dumont and the Invention of Flight. The book tells "the life story of the Brazilian inventor. A man who was obsessed with flight, he made innovations in the aviation field that include things like the first sports plane, and some say that he was more innovative than even the famous Wright brothers."
Here’s the book’s plot description, thanks to Amazon:
“Almost unknown today except in his native Brazil (where he is a revered figure), Alberto Santos-Dumont was known throughout the world as ‘a maverick among contemporary aeronauts.’ Obsessed with the idea of flight from an early age, Santos-Dumont (1873-1932) was an eccentric genius whose inherited wealth allowed him to live in luxury in fin-de-siecle Paris, at first working on ballooning. After designing small, cigar-shaped, engine-powered vehicles, which he used for everything from traveling around Paris to circling the Eiffel Tower, he soon became one of the best-known men in the city. Later he built ‘the world’s first sports plane.’ He was a unique character who befriended the Rothschilds and Cartiers, ran in the same crowd as Marcel Proust and devoted his life to a singular passion unmatched even by the obsessive Wright Brothers during the early days of aviation, ‘a time when the vast majority of Europeans and Americans had not yet traveled along the ground in an automobile.’”
Blue Sky and Fox are releasing Wedge's next animated film, The Legend of the Leaf Men is based on the William Joyce book of the same name. Are you interested in seeing his live-action film?