Jack Black will play the title role in Twentieth Century Fox's adaptation of GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, per VARIETY.
SHARK TALE director Rob Letterman will direct the film about free-spirited travel writer Lemuel Gulliver, who washes ashore on an island of tiny people called Lilliputians while on assignment in the Bermuda Triangle. This new version would be a contemporary re-imagining of the classic 1726 tale from author Jonathan Swift.
John Davis at Fox and Black's Electric Dynamite are producing. The most recent adaptation of the novel was a 1996 TV miniseries starring Ted Danson.
The project has been kept quiet while it developed, and Letterman has been attached for some time. When Black was committed, the project was quickly greenlit, with shooting to start in March.
Nicholas Stoller, who directed FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL and Joe Stillman (SHREK) wrote the screenplay.
Black is set to star in a SCHOOL OF ROCK sequel for Paramount and will voice Po the Panda in a KUNG FU PANDA sequel from DreamWorks Animation.
Letterman is co-directing with Conrad Vernon on DreamWorks Animation's MONSTERS VS. ALIENS, due out next year.