In an interesting twist, the film that was one of the biggest spec sales of 2006 is getting a less-than-famous name to head it. 20th Century Fox was the winner who grabbed Mark Burton'sThey Came From Upstairs -- about a group of kids in a vacation home in Maine who have to fight aliens that have invaded from the home's upstairs. The British screenwriter is responsible for many of the leading family films to be released over the last few years -- Chicken Run, Madagascar and Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Considering the success that Burton has had so far, it might seem logical that a big name would head the directorial ship. However, Barry Josephson, of 20th Century Fox's Josephson Entertainment, has chosen Thor Freudenthal.

Thor was chosen because of his advertisements for the likes of Ritz and Reebok and for his short noir film, Motel. Apparently his other work had a tone that reminded Josephson of Men in Black. Variety really went in-depth into the producer's picking process, with a lot of justification. In case his film experience isn't enough to sell you, the new director has also worked with children and done some creature design.

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