Sylvain Chomet To Adapt 'Tale Of Despereaux'

French director Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville) has been tapped to helm Universal Pictures The Tale of Despereaux, says the Hollywood Reporter.

The script for the film will be based on Kate DiCamillo's children's book 'The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread'.

The story follows Despereaux, a tiny mouse with huge ears, who is the bane of his family's existence. He has fallen in love with the young princess who lives in the castle where he resides and, having read of knights and their ladies, vows to "honor her." But his unmouselike behavior gets him banished to the dungeon, where a swarm of rats kill whoever falls into their clutches.

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