Paul Feig is realizing his destiny and symbolically removing the “e” from his last name to direct The Sweetest Fig, based on a children’s book of the same name, for Fox.
Feig is best known for R-rated, female-centric comedies like Bridesmaids, The Heat, and Spy so this will be a bit of a departure. He did, however, direct 2006’s family comedy Unaccompanied Minors. If that’s not enough perhaps Feig can harken back to his days running Freaks and Geeks. While not a kid’s show, that was certainly closer than the diarrhea scene in Bridesmaids.
The Sweetest Fig is an illustrated children’s book from 1993 that was written by Chris Van Allsburg. The book tells the story of Monsieur Bibot, a wealthy, rude dentist who lives alone in Paris with his dog, Marcel. One day after extracting a tooth from an old woman she provides him with two magic figs as payment. The figs will make any dream he has come true. Bibot dreams for unimaginable riches and to his delight his dream comes true. Unfortunately for him, the mistreated Marcel consumes a fig as well and has some dreams of his own. #JusticeforMarcel
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Many of Van Allsburg’s works are known to filmgoers already. He is the writer behind the children’s books turned movies The Polar Express and Jumanji. This is the film to be produced from Fox’s agreement with Van Allsburg and his partners William Teitler, Mike Weber and Ted Field. All will produce the The Sweetest Fig alongside Jessie Henderson.
Deadline first reported the news. Feig’s next project due up is A Simple Favor starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, which will premiere in September. There’s no word on when The Sweetest Fig will start filming. Whenever it does, 20th Century Fox may or may not even be in existence anymore.