From The Hollywood Reporter:
The Spiderwick Chronicles
Brent Forrester will adapt The Spiderwick Chronicles for Nickelodeon Movies with Mark Waters is attached to direct."Spiderwick" is a best-selling children's book series that details the adventures of the Grace children -- a 13-year-old girl and 9-year-old twin brothers -- who move into a dilapidated estate with their mother. They quickly find themselves sucked into a world of goblins, griffins, fairies, trolls and other magical creatures. These books are immensely popular with boys and girls!
The Tale of Despereaux
French director Sylvain Chomet, whose The Triplets of Belleville was nominated for an Oscar for best animated film this year, has signed on to direct The Tale of Despereaux for Universal Pictures. The script for the film will be based on the book "The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread," written by Kate DiCamillo. It has been on the New York Times best-seller list ... has sold more than 1 million copies and won the 2004 Newbery Medal for children's literature.
The Widow's Broom
Director Sam Weisman (George of the Jungle) has signed on to direct the family comedy Widow's Broom.
Chris Van Allsburg is adapting the feature from his book of the same name. The story revolves around a New England family suffering the loss of their father. When the family stumbles upon a witch's broom, it springs to life, sweeping away the neighbors, teaching the kids magic and helping to heal the family. The studio is looking at an early 2005 start date.