'Horrid Henry' heads for 3D

Vertigo Films, Novel Ent, Paradise FX Europe team for film

LONDON -- Nick Moore will direct a big screen 3D live-action movie based on children's property "Horrid Henry," one of the U.K.'s most successful kids literary creations after Harry Potter.

The project is being mounted by Vertigo Films, the finance and production banner behind the British boxoffice hit "Street Dance 3D" and production company Novel Entertainment.

It will reunite Vertigo with "Street Dance 3D" team Paradise FX Europe, the parties said Wednesday (June 23).

Created by author Francesca Simon, "Horrid Henry" book sales top more than 16 million here and Novel's animated TV show based on the books is one of the most successful series ever for CITV, ITV's children's channel.

The series of books -- about Horrid Henry, Lord High Majesty of the Purple Hand Gang and his ever constant battle against the tyranny of adults -- has also been adapted for stage, radio, online and computer games.

The script for the 3D movie is penned by Novel Entertainment's Lucinda Whiteley and the producers are out to casting now. Shooting is scheduled for October and November this year entirely on location in the U.K. and slated for release in 2011.

The script sees Henry forced into an unlikely alliance with his irritating little brother Perfect Peter and the infuriating girl next door, Moody Margaret.

Moore, whose credits include editor on upcoming Harrison Ford starrer "Morning Glory," said: "We are all very excited at the prospect of creating something wonderful that will delight Henry's existing fans as well as introducing him and his world to a whole new audience."

Whiteley, co-producer for Novel in addition to her screenwriting role, said: "It's a testament to the popularity and strength of the character that he can succeed so well in so many different forms, and we're especially pleased to be working with such a strong production team."

Vertigo Films will also distribute in the U.K. with Protagonist Pictures handling international sales.

"Horrid Henry" has been made into 104 episodes for CITV and is broadcast in 15 countries outside the U.K. It also ran for 285 performances as a stage show in London's West End while the Nintendo computer game has shipped more than 100,000 units here.
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