Tom McCarthy Could Direct The ‘Tommysaurus Rex’ Movie He’s Adapting

By March 10, 2014

If you’re someone who has long dreamed of the seemingly inevitable Puff the Magic Dragon and Jurassic Park mash-up, we’ve got news for you. The long-gestating Tommysauraus Rex feature (even this title is achingly adorable), which was initially set up at Universal in 2004 before going into turnaround and then ending up back at Universal, is now getting new (tiny?) legs.

THR reports that Tom McCarthy, best known for films like The Visitor and The Station Agent who has recently moved into more high profile fare with his Adam Sandler-starring The Cobbler (which wrapped in December), might be directing the comic book adaptation. McCarthy is already set to write the film’s screenplay alongside John Bland, which centers on “a boy who, after losing his pet dog, moves in with his grandfather for the summer. Bullies just compound his already miserable existence. When he discovers a T. rex in a cave, the boy’s life changes, as he must prove to the townspeople that this new pet isn’t the harmful beast they think it is.”


The Doug Tennapel comic was published by Image Comics way back in 2004, and the rights to it swiftly sold to Universal for $1 million. The project has already been through a number of iterations – THR reports that it went from “several drafts” at Universal, and names like David O. Russell and Tom Shadyac were both attached to direct the film at various points.

McCarthy’s writing credits on the project are already assured, but the filmmaker is reportedly eying the director’s chair as well. Although McCarthy has wrapped The Cobbler, he is currently attached to write and direct Spotlight, based on the true story of the Boston Globe story that first revealed the massive molestation cover-ups within the Catholic church. That project is still in development, however, which could free up McCarthy to get down with some dinos.

Have you read Tommysaurus Rex?

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  • Susan P Graham

    What a cute concept. kind of reminscent of Pete’s Dragon. I think this might be a really cute flick.

  • Roy J Evans

    I am anxious to see this. I myself was wondering how well it will be received but I am betting it will be well.