Night At The Museum director Shawn Levy has signed up to develop a new movie based on characters from the popular Mr. Men and Little Miss books.

Fox Animation studio bosses, the same people behind the Ice Age and Rio films, have picked up the picture rights for the kids' franchise and are now working with Levy to produce a movie.

Executives have yet to appoint a screenwriter or director for the project, which will mark the first animated adaptation of the books since it was turned into a Bbc cartoon series in the mid-1970s, narrated by Dad's Army actor Arthur Lowe.

The 85 Mr. Men and Little Miss characters were created and illustrated by British author Roger Hargreaves, and more than 120 million copies have since been sold around the world, with the stories being translated into 15 different languages.

Hargreaves died from a stroke in 1988, aged 53.

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