The enchanting tales of the Magic Faraway Tree will leap off the page and onto the big screen with Enid Blyton’s treasured books being adapted for cinema.
The much loved books, about children who have adventures at the top of a magic tree, are being developed for a live action film by Sam Mendes’ production company, Neal Street Productions.
Blyton wrote the series of four books between 1939 and 1951.
Neal Street Productions’ Pippa Harris said she was captivated by the books and the magical worlds created by the late author.
“Re-reading the books today with my daughter, they completely retain their power to enchant. To be able to adapt these books for the big screen and introduce them to a new audience is a great honour,” she tells the BBC.
Marlene Johnson, head of the Enid Blyton Estate, says Blyton was a passionate advocate of children’s storytelling, and The Magic Faraway Tree is a fantastic example of her creative imagination.
“It’s a much loved title, so we’re very excited to announce we’ve signed an option agreement for development with Neal Street Productions,” she says.
“Many generations have grown up with The Magic Faraway Tree and today’s news provides a great chance to share the wonder of these stories through a new medium.”
Blyton is one of the bestselling children’s authors of all time and her books have sold in excess of 500 million copies.
The four novels that can be used for the film adaptation are The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree, The Folk Of The Faraway Tree and Up The Faraway Tree.
(via the BBC)