Comedian Ricky Gervais is adapting his children's book series FLANIMALS for the big screen.
The British funnyman is teaming up with Matt Selman, a writer for The Simpsons, to create a 3-D animated version based on his four hit books, about a world of imaginary creatures.
Gervais will voice the lead character, a fat purple gremlin on a mission to change the world.
He jokes, "It will be great to play a short, fat, sweaty loser for a change. A real stretch."