Tim Story, who directed both 2005's Fantastic Four and 2007's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer for Fox, is currently in talks to helm a Tom and Jerry film for Warner Bros.
The filmmaker, who is currently working on an upcoming Shaft reboot for Warner subsidiary New Line, has been approached for the project which is expected to feature a blend of CGI animation and live-action similar to the recent Paddington films.
The production is the latest in an initiative by the studio to reintroduce classic Hanna-Barbera and Warner Animation properties to modern audiences with various films including a Space Jam sequel, Scooby Doo reboot, and Wil. E. Coyote solo film in different stages of development.
The Tom and Jerry film is expected to begin principal photography sometime next year for a 2020 release after Story finishes production on Shaft. Story, a self-professed fan of the property, reportedly plans to keep the titular cat and mouse duo from speaking similar to the classic cartoons with a return to slapstick comedy.
While there is currently no announced start date for the production, it will reportedly begin principal photography before the new Lebron James-starring Space Jam this summer.