Wendy Mitchell
September 30, 2009 AT 08:00 AM EDT

Parents rejoice — Thomas the Tank Engine is chugging ahead to the big screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter. HIT Entertainment has hired Josh Klausner (Shrek The Third) to write the script for a live-action/CGI film based on the popular character. HIT also plans a new CGI animated TV series for 2010, in honor of Thomas’ 65th anniversary.

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