John Dykstra to Make Directorial Debut with SUPER ZERO

Oscar winning visual effects supervisor lines up directorial debut.

Variety reports that ‘X-Men: First Class’ visual effects supervisor John Dykstra has landed a live-action adaptation of Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel ‘Tales From the Farm’ for his directorial debut.

An edgy but family-friendly movie, the story follows an orphaned 10-year-old who goes to live on a farm with his uncle. As their relationship grows strained, he befriends the town’s gas station owner, a former pro hockey player, and the pair escape into a private fantasy world of superheroes and alien invaders.

The effects heavy project is being developed by vfx company Rhythm & Hues Studios, with a script penned by John Carr. Dykstra won Oscars for visual effects for the original ‘Star Wars’ and 2005’s ‘Spider-Man 2.’

Producer Steven Gilder said the plan is “to have a strong hard push in thesenext weeks, either locking cast and/or getting commitments from financing and/or distributors, (then) going to the studios with a package,” and that they hope to “make a big splash at ComicCon,”