February 25, 2009 / 6:23 AM / 11 years ago

Eric Brevig to direct 3-D Yogi Bear feature

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Director Eric Brevig is picking up Yogi Bear’s pic-a-nic basket.

He will take the helm of the Warner Bros. feature adaptation of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon, which will be produced as a 3-D project.

Brevig, a longtime visual effects supervisor whose credits include “The Day After Tomorrow” and “Men in Black,” directed last year’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” a 3-D feature that earned more than $230 million worldwide in the summer.

Ash Brannon, who directed “Surf’s Up,” had been tapped to helm “Yogi” when it was a 2-D vehicle.

Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia, who executive produced “That ‘70s Show,” are writing the screenplay for “Yogi,” which will offer a new take on the half-century-old title character and his sidekick Boo Boo, who get into a series of misadventures in Jellystone Park.

The movie is expected to combine live action and CG in the manner of “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” a hit for 20th Century Fox in 2007.

3-D has become a higher priority at many studios, with executives believing that the technology will compel more filmgoers to see movies in theaters. Disney’s “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience” opens Friday to high box-office expectations.

(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)

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