Fox 2000 optioned Markus Zusak‘s young adult novel The Book Thief a few years ago. The project is moving forward now that the studio hired Brian Percival to direct. Death narrates the novel, set during WWII, telling “the story of Liesel Meminger from the time she is taken at age 9 to live with a foster family in a German working-class neighborhood.” Michael Petroni (The Rite) penned the adaptation. As the director of several episodes of Downton Abbey, Percival is a classy choice. Percival is coming off an Emmy in 2011 for his work on the first episode of everyone’s favorite British soap.