Fox wants a Wimpy Kid

‘Net comic becomes live-action pic…

In their thirst for comic book properties to snatch up and twist like balloon animals into film scripts, the studios are widening their scope.

Not content with traditional comic books, Fox 2000 has bought the rights to Jeff Kinney’s hefty-selling illustrated book Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, which he created from his web comic of the same name.

It chronicles a year in the life of wisecracking high schooler Greg Heffley, and the studio – which is now busily recruiting and writer and director – is planning on making a live-action film. Variety has been studying up.