Animated 'Hero's Guide To Saving Your Kingdom' Coming from Fox
When it comes to telling the stories of fairy tales on the big screen, animation holds some of the top-tier examples of how to do it correctly. From the early animated Disney classics all the way up to non-traditional fairy tales like Tangled and How to Train Your Dragon, there's something about animation that really lets us delve into the cinematic world and not subconsciously wonder about makeup or set design on a sound stage. Fox Animation agrees, as THR reports the studio has picked up the rights to Christopher Healy's upcoming book The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom for an animated adaptation. More below!
Healy's book tells the story of four princes you probably know as "Prince Charming," but their names are actually Liam, Duncan, Frederic, and Gustav. Kicked out of their castles by their respective princesses, the four come across an evil plot that threatens each of their kingdoms and must fight their own imperfections as well as all sorts of fantasy villains in order to become true heroes. The fantasy genre is seeing a huge spike in popularity these days with things like "Game of Thrones" dominating television discussion, movies like Snow White and the Huntsman about to hit theaters, and even people like Reese Witherspoon getting in on the action with films in development.
Hero's Guide sounds like a fun concept, maybe closer in tone to something like Angelina Jolie's upcoming Maleficent with regards to the "untold story" element. Chernin Entertainment, the company behind last summer's surprise hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes, is producing, but there's no writer or director attached yet. We'll keep you posted with more info as it arrives. Thoughts?