Zemeckis & Disney have found writer to adapt AIRMAN


Here's a great looking character from the author of Artemis Fowl that the mo-cap trailblazer himself will be bringing to life with... you guessed it, motion-capture!

Disney and Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers' have enlisted writer Ann Peacock to adapt Eoin Colfer's novel for their high-budget fantasy adventure Airman.

Gil Kenan(Monster House/City Of Ember) will helm the $150 million motion-capture project, with Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey producing through their ImageMovers banner.

Airman centers on Connor, a boy who lives on an island off the coast of Ireland, where his father is the king's bodyguard. When the king is murdered, Conor is blamed for the crime and thrown into prison where he passes the solitary months designing a flying machine that he will use to save his family.

Here is the full summary:

Conor Broekhart was born to fly. In fact, legend has it that he was born flying in a hot air balloon at the world's fair. In the 1890's Conor and his family live on the sovereign Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast. Conor spends his days studying the science of flight with his tutor and exploring the castle with the king's daughter, Princess Isabella.

But the boy's idyllic life changes forever the day he discovers a conspiracy to overthrow the king. When Conor tries to expose the plot, he is branded a traitor and thrown into jail on the prison island of Little Saltee. There, he has to fight for his life as he and the other prisoners are forced to mine for diamonds in inhumane conditions.

There is only one way to escape Little Saltee, and that is to fly. So he passes the solitary months by scratching drawings of flying machines into the prison walls. The months turn into years, but eventually the day comes when Conor must find the courage to trust his revolutionary designs and take to the skies.

Peacock has adapted other novels penning The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Variety also reports she recently sold the tentpole Odysseus to Warner Bros..

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