This slim novella has been a board game, an opera, and will now finally see life as a motion picture, probably sometime in 2009. Animation takes time, and when it's stop-motion it takes even longer. It will be very interesting to see how Wes Anderson handles this movie. I am a huge fan of all his previous work, especially Bottle Rocket. Wes is a quirky director like Paul Thomas Anderson (no relation) who knows how to populate his films with enough character and detail that it seems they take place in an alternate universe, and somewhere you wouldn't mind living.
Hopefully Wes will be able to pull a Tim Burton and direct a terrific stop-motion film that keeps the whimsy of the book, and allows Anderson some room to stretch his legs in an animated fashion.