‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Director Dean DeBlois Boards ‘Treasure Island’

“Snake Eyes” screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos will write the script, collaborating with DeBlois on the story

Universal Pictures is developing a new “Treasure Island” movie, an action-adventure inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel. Dean DeBlois (“How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy, upcoming “Micronauts”) will direct.

Evan Spiliotopoulos (“Beauty and the Beast,” upcoming “Snake Eyes”) will write the script, collaborating with DeBlois on the story.

Robert Louis Stevenson first wrote “Treasure Island” back in 1881. The novel is set in the days of sailing ships and pirates and tells of the adventures of Jim Hawkins and his search for the buried treasure of an evil pirate, Captain Flint. The Robert Louis Stevenson adventure story has frequently been adapted for both the big and small screen over the years, perhaps most famously by Disney in 1950, with Robert Newton portraying a snarling Long John Silver. But the time could be ripe for a more modern take on the enduring novel.

Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman of Mandeville Films (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Wonder”) will produce alongside DeBlois.

Senior Vice President Alex Young will oversee the project on behalf of Mandeville Films. Universal’s Director of Development Lexi Barta will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.

DeBlois is represented by WME and Lichter Grossman Nichols Adler Feldman & Clark.

Spiliotopoulos is represented by Cover 1 Entertainment, Inc, Fourth Wall Management and MARKS law group.

Deadline first reported the news.

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