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Shane Acker, director of the 2009 animated film '9', has joined forces with rights-owner Hit Entertainment to bring the second feature-length live-action adaptation of the classic UK series 'Thomas the Tank Engine' to theaters (the first being the utterly forgettable 'Thomas and the Magic Railroad' - thanks, Slusho98!)
Written by Chris Viscardi, Will McRobb ('Alvin and the Chipmunks') and Josh Klausner ('Shrek Forever After'), the film will revolve around a pre-teen boy and his father, who have drifted apart. When the boy discovers the Isle of Sodor (home to Thomas and other talking trains) and learns that his father used to visit there but can no longer remember, the two share an adventure together and reconnect with each other.
The most famous human occupant of the Isle, Mr. Conductor, is likely to return in some form (and knowing kids movies will likely end up handing over the job over to the boy or his father). In previous versions, Mr. Conductor has been played by George Carlin (in 'Shining Time Station'), Ringo Starr (in 'Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends'), and Alec Baldwin (in the aforementioned 'Thomas and the Magic Railroad').