'Maleficent' Writer Linda Woolverton to Pen 'Eloise' Movie

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MRC is behind the adaptation of the classic children's books.

Linda Woolverton— the veteran writer behind MaleficentAlice in Wonderland and classic Disney animations— is set to pen a live-action feature adaptation of classic children's novel Eloise.

First published in 1955, the Eloise books follow a rambunctious girl with a big imagination who lives in the "room on the tippy-top floor" of New York's Plaza Hotel. The books, written by author Kay Thompson, have sold more than 15 million English-language copies to date.

MRC Film, which shares an owner with The Hollywood Reporter, acquired the film, television, live stage, and related ancillary rights in 2019.

MRC is working with the Thompson estate,  illustrator Hillary Knight and publisher Simon & Schuster on the adaptation. Handmade Films is behind the feature, with Handmade's Trudi Francis serving as executive producer.

In addition to several of its recent live-action blockbusters, Woolverton worked on the script for several Disney's classic animations, including The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast.