Live-action Thomas the Tank Engine film on track

9 director Shane Acker to conduct

Thomas the Tank Engine is set to steam ahead into first live action feature film. 

Shane Acker, who directed the Timur Bekmambetov/Tim Burton produced 9, is on board as director.

The film will be set in Sodor, the island of talking trains. The story will revolve around a pre-teen boy, who has drifted from his father.

The son is then introduced to the world of Sodor, a place his father visited as a child but can’t remember.

Weta Workshop and Mattel have joined the creative team behind the film. Weta is well known for working on the likes of King Kong, Lord Of The Rings and most recently, Tintin.

Acker told Deadline that his 20-month old daughter inspired him to join the film, but the movie won’t just be aimed at pre-schoolers.

Will you be pulling into the station for this? Or disembarking at the next stop? Give us your thoughts below…


    • mystra

      Jun 9th 2011, 15:33

      One does not simply walk into Sordor.... ...i'll get my coat

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    • elgar7

      Jun 9th 2011, 15:44

      This was the first I believe, I remember watching it with a boy I used to babysit

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    • ScottFree

      Jun 9th 2011, 20:45

      imagine....Runaway Train or Unstoppable with Thomas as the train... could be fun ;)

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    • Monkeynuts30

      Jun 10th 2011, 1:45

      One word: Seriously?

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