The Orchard is ready for some Monkey Business.
The distribution company has acquired the worldwide rights to the Sam Waterston-narrated documentary Monkey Business: The Adventure of Curious George’s Creators, which tells the largely unknown story of George’s creators, Hans and Margret Rey.
The Reys fled from Nazi-occupied France, ending up in America, where they created one of the most treasured children’s-book protagonists, Curious George, who has starred in TV series and movies, including a live-action film currently in the works at Universal.
First-time feature director Ema Ryan Yamazaki helmed Monkey Business, which was crowdfunded through Kickstarter.
Yamazaki obtained 300 boxes of the Reys’ personal archives for the doc, which will be a combination of archival materials, interviews and original animation.
The deal was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo, vice president of acquisitions for The Orchard.