Universal Pictures-based Illumination Entertainment is working on a 3D animated feature based on the Ricky Gervais children’s book series Flanimals.
Gervais will voice the lead character, while the script will be written by Matt Selman (The Simpsons). Via Variety:
The four-volume series, illustrated by Rob Steen, encompasses a world inhabited by 50 species of creatures so ugly and misshapen they become cute and endearing. Gervais’ character, a pudgy, perspiring purple creature, goes on a mission to change the world. “It will be great to play a short, fat, sweaty loser for a change,” Gervais said. “A real stretch.”
Gervais will also executive produce the project.