Tom McCarthy in Talks to Direct 'Timmy Failure' for Disney (Exclusive)

McCarthy, who won an Oscar for writing ‘Spotlight,’ will also write the script with author Stephan Pastis.

Tom McCarthy, who directed the Oscar-winning drama Spotlight, is in negotiations to co-write and direct Timmy Failure, Walt Disney Studios’ live-action adaptation of the children’s book by Stephan Pastis.

Jim Whitaker, who produced Pete’s Dragon and just wrapped the adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time for the studio, is producing the adventure project.

The popular Failure book series centers on the titular hero, an 11-year old boy who believes he is the best detective in town and runs the great detective agency, Total Failure Inc. with his partner, a 1,200-pound (and imaginary) polar bear. He also has a sidekick named Rollo Tookus, who spots all the clues the hero, in Inspector Clouseau form, misses.

The books have been compared to Diary of a Wimpy Kid in tone.

McCarthy will write the script with Pastis.

Failure keeps McCarthy, who won an Oscar for writing Spotlight, in the Disney fold. He wrote Christopher Robin, a re-imagining of Winnie the Pooh that Marc Forster is on board to direct, and penned the 2014 Jon Hamm sports drama Million Dollar Arm. He was also a writer on Pixar’s Up.

McCarthy, repped by Gersh, last directed two episodes of Netflix’s acclaimed teen drama 13 Reasons Why.

Pastis is repped by UTA.

Source: Hollywood

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