Warner Bros. Nabs 'Encyclopedia Brown' for Hopeful Film Franchise
Following the success of an intrepid reporter turned detective and adventurer in The Adventures of Tintin, another iconic book series favorite detective is heading to the big screen. THR has word that Warner Bros. is picking up the rights to Encyclopedia Brown, the series of books that started in 1963 and continued all the way until author Donald J. Sobol passed away just last year. Each book followed Leroy "Encyclopedia" Brown, son of the local police chief, who runs his own detective agency out of the garage. Brown never gotten into much danger, solving petty crimes usually committed by the bully Bugs Meany. More below!
Accompanying Brown on his adventures was Sally Kimball, his friend and bodyguard. In the books, there were several stories with a mystery to be solved, and the clues were laden throughout for the readers to figure it out themselves. The property has been circling around Hollywood for awhile with names like Robert Luketic (21, Killers) and even Ridley Scott being involved at various times. At one time, Warner Bros. was in the mix for an adaptation that would have featured Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn at the height of their fame in the 80s. But now the plan is to get a writer rounded up who can turn the books into a hopeful film franchise for the studio. Stay tuned to see how this one shapes up. Interested?