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LONDON — U.K. production house Working Title will launch a live-action franchise based on the iconic Famous Five books by late British author Enid Blyton.
A spokesperson for Working Title confirmed that it had acquired the theatrical rights from Hodder, a subsidiary of Blyton estate owner Hachette, and that the company was now looking for possible writers and directors to join the project.
Blyton, who died in 1968, wrote a total of 21 full-length Famous Five books, which followed the quintessentially British adventures of Julian, Dick, Anne, George and their dog, Timmy. The group became known for their wholesome enjoyment of the countryside during the summer holidays as well as their love of raspberry pop and lashings of ginger beer. Over 100 million books have been sold, with more than 2 million reportedly bought each year.
No timeframe has been announced for the films, but Working Title’s co-chairs, Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, are said to be lined up to produce.
The Famous Five‘s escapades have seen several cinematic adaptations since the 1950s, with films made in Danish and, more recently, in German for 2012 title Funf Freunde, of which there have so far been two sequels.
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