Hot off of the more than $240 million worldwide take (against its approximately $135 million production budget) enjoyed by Rango, Paramount is moving ahead on its next animated film. Heat Vision reports that the studio has acquired the rights to adapt Penny Arcade‘s online comic The New Kid with scribe Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) tapped to pen the screenplay. The move is the studio’s second foray into the comic world in the last twenty-four hours as they optioned Peter Tomasi and Keith Champagne’s graphic novel The Mighty earlier today.
As for The New Kid, the comic is an intergalactic tale that focuses on a lone human attending a school filled with aliens. It is believed that Paramount’s activity in the animated realm is a self-inflicted attempt to give the studio a large pool of animated projects to draw from in case its soon ending distribution deal with DreamWorks Animation is not renewed. Rango is the studio’s only non-DreamWorks-produced animated film to date.