Long-in-development project moving forward…

Heat Vision has learned that indie filmmaker Tom McCarthy (‘Win Win,’ ‘Up,’ ‘The Visitor,’ ‘The Station Agent’) has been tapped by Universal Pictures to provide the screenplay for family-friendly tale ‘Tommysaurus Rex.’

Based on the 2004 graphic novel by Doug TenNapel, the family-friendly tale tells of Ely, a young boy who, after losing his pet dog Tommy, moves in with his grandfather for the summer While exploring a nearby cave one day he discovers a full-grown but friendly Tyrannosaurus Rex. As the news of the dinosaur grows around town, so does the friendship between Ely and his Jurassic pet. However, Randy, the mean kid down the street, decides he is going to make life miserable for Ely and his dinosaur-to devastating effect.

McCarthy, who will co-write the adaptation with John Bland, is believed to be eyeing the project as a potential directing gig.

Disruption Entertainment partners Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are producing, along with Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman of the Gotham Group.