Variety reports this morning that Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony nominated Rabbit Hole and Shrek: The Musical scribe, David Lindsay-Abaire, is set to adapt the upcoming series of "The Guardians," based on the children's books by William Joyce for Dreamworks Animation.
Peter Ramsey of "Monsters vs. Aliens" and Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space" fame will direct "The Guardians," which has a November 2, 2012, release date set.
In "The Guardians," iconic figures including the likes of Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, Jack Frost and The Man on the Moon, are sworn to protect children from evil. The picture book series will be published in 2011 under the title "The Guardians of Childhood," with each book showcasing on one of the Guardians' adventures. The book's scribe William Joyce, the creator of "Rolie Polie Olie" and "Meet the Robinsons," will co-direct.
"The Guardians" is executive produced by Michael Siegel, and produced by Christina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein.
Lindsay-Abaire has received commissions from South Coast Repertory, Dance Theater Workshop, and the Jerome Foundation, as well as awards from the Berilla Kerr Foundation, the Lincoln Center LeComte du Nuoy Fund, Mixed Blood Theater, Primary Stages, the Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival, and the South Carolina Playwrights Festival.
He has written Wonder of the World, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, about a wife who suddenly leaves her husband and hops a bus to Niagara Falls in search of freedom, enlightenment, and the meaning of life. Other plays include Rabbit Hole, produced in 2006 with Cynthia Nixon, Tyne Daly, and John Slattery, which won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play, Kimberly Akimbo (2000), Wonder of the World (2000), Dotting and Dashing (1999), Snow Angel (1999), The L'il Plays (1997), and A Devil Inside (1997).
Lindsay-Abaire also has writing credit on two screenplays, Robots (2005) and Inkheart (2007).
Lindsay-Abaire's most recent project is the book for the musical High Fidelity. He was also nominated for two Tony Awards for the book and lyrics of Shrek the Musical.