Curious George Origin Story 'Monkey Business' Nabbed by The Orchard

Sam Waterston narrates the doc about 'Curious George' creators Hans and Margret Rey.

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.