Deadline is reporting that Fox Family Entertainment has picked up the movie rights to Mark Twain's "The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine", a recently discovered fairy tale written by the great author in 1879to entertain his daughters in a Paris hotel room – and only recently finished by Philip and Erin Stead, the Caldecott Award-winning creators of “A Sick Day for Amos McGee”, using notes from Twain's UC Berkeley archives.

"The Purloining" tells the tale of Johnny, who after being given magic seeds by a kindly woman, is able to speak with animals. He and his pet chicken are set on an odyssey to rescue a stolen prince from a bullying tyrant and in the process come to see that virtues like fortitude, generosity, and empathy are more valuable than all the world's riches.

Karen Rosenfelt (the Twilight saga) is attached to produce, while Vanessa Morrison and Ralph Millero will oversee the project for Fox Family Entertainment.

Stay tuned for more on this as we hear it.