Fox Animation Sending Beloved 'Mr. Men' Books to the Big Screen
This morning we found out the directing gig for the James Cameron produced remake of Fantastic Voyage belonged to Shawn Levy. Now the director has another project lined up, but this time only as producer. THR reports Levy and his 21 Laps Entertainment banner are working with 20th Century Fox Animation to develop a big screen adaptation of Roger Hargreaves' expansive Mr. Men book series. The series eventually expanded to include Little Miss in a long line of colorful character who were each named and defined by a particular trait like Mr. Tickle, Little Miss Chatterbox, Mr. Noisy or Little Miss Sunshine (no not that one).
There have been 48 different books featuring different Mr. Men and 34 books for Little Misses, but the series started with only six titles back in 1971. However, it's unclear if both Mr. Men and Little Misses will be included in the film. Since then the series has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. The books have seen a few TV adaptations in Cartoon Network in the U.S. and Channel Five in the U.K., but this will be the first big screen adaptation.
No writer or director is attached (though Harry Potter franchise producer David Heyman is also involved), and it's unclear what kind of story will be weaved to combine a bunch of the characters into one film. If the Smurfs can have so many different individual characters with obvious characteristics, it shouldn't be a problem for Mr. Men. After all, in Hollywood, where there's established intellectual property there's a way. Hopefully this new project won't make me Mr. Bored. What do you think?