Marc Forster is moving on from World War Z, James Bond and Christopher Robin to bring Thomas The Tank Engine back to the screen.

Not one we necessarily saw coming either, if that’s anything. News has broken that director Marc Forster has chosen his next project, and that he’s set to make a new big screen adventure of Thomas & Friends.

Headlined by Thomas The Tank Engine – a character who was at the heart of the frankly surreal Thomas & The Magic Railroad – the new movie is being backed by Mattel Films. Forster, who previously helmed Quantum Of Solace, World War Z, Finding Neverland and Christopher Robin will work from a script by Alyssa Hill and Jesse Wigutow.

No word yet on casting, but I’d chip in a quid wager that Alec Baldwin doesn’t get the call this time around. No idea yet whether the film will be animation or live action, but it’s looking likely to be the latter.

More on the movie as we hear it.

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