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Disney signs writers for The Three Pigs
December 19, 2003
    ComingSoon.net has the Variety report that Grant Calof and Greg Lee have been signed by Disney to adapt David Wiesner's Caldecott Medal winning children's book The Three Pigs. Wiesner's version of the story "updates the traditional tale and follows the pigs' adventures" as they escape the Big Bad Wolf by going into other fairy-tale lands. "The film is expected to combine computer and traditional animation".

First Tidbits on Disney's Three Pigs
Source: animated-movies.com
August 20, 2003

    Disney's CGI movie The Three Pigs might star Michael Keaton as the Big Bad Wolf and his Beetlejuice co-star Geena Davis as the Big Bad Wolf's wife. The Mouse House is also reportedly in talks with child actors Scott Terra, Angus T. Jones and Tyler Hoechlin to voice the three pigs; as well as Alex D. Linz and Josh Peck to voice two of their three hog cousins.

As of August 10, 2002

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, the team of Ron Friedman and Steve Bencich has signed a writing deal with the Disney's feature animation division that encompasses both production and development services for the studio. The scribes will develop David Weisner's best-selling children's book The Three Pigs and complete work on the project Bears. Pigs mixes the classic story with a twist, as one by one the pigs are blown out of the fairy tale and set off on individual adventures attempting to get back into their story.
As of May 8, 2002

    Variety reports that in its last days as a subsidiary of Artists Management Group, the Renaissance literary agency has optioned David Wiesner's bestselling kids' tome, "The Three Pigs," to Disney Feature Animation. Amazon.com sheds some light on what to expect: "Once upon a time three pigs built three houses, out of straw, sticks, and bricks. Along came a wolf, who huffed and puffed... So, you think you know the rest? Think again. With David Wiesner at the helm, it's never safe to assume too much. When the wolf approaches the first house, for example, and blows it in, he somehow manages to blow the pig right out of the story frame. The text continues on schedule--'...and ate the pig up'--but the perplexed expression on the wolf's face as he looks in vain for his ham dinner is priceless. One by one, the pigs exit the fairy tale's border and set off on an adventure of their own. Folding a page of their own story into a paper airplane, the pigs fly off to visit other storybooks, rescuing about-to-be-slain dragons and luring the cat and the fiddle out of their nursery rhyme." This irreverant take on a classic, reminiscent of Shrek's humor, should be interesting if it ever gets animated by Disney!