It looks like Kate DiCamillo, beloved author of The Tale of Despereaux and Because of Winn Dixie, will have another one of her children's books turned into a movie. Only this one isn't even out yet!
Fox is tapping writer Martin Hynes(The Go-Getter/Stealing Harvard) to adapt Dicamillo's soon-to-be-published children's book, The Magician's Elephant.
The story centers on the impossible things that may happen when a fortune teller tells an orphan boy that an elephant will lead him to his long-lost sister.
Hynes told Variety:
What attracted me to the project was that Fox wanted to make a fable which could both be a classic but not take itself too seriously. The film we've referenced in terms of tone is The Princess Bride; something that kids will enjoy, but adults will love on other levels.
The movie sounds promising, especially with Julia Pistor producing. Pistor is behind a slew of other big-screen children's book adaptations, like The Spiderwick Chronicles, Charlotte's Web, and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.
It's a pretty safe bet for Fox, come September when the book The Magician's Elephant hits shelves, kids will like it. But stranger things have happened. There could be a riot with a carnage of Lunchables and PB & J's thrown about. If a kid has something sharp, like a GoGurt packet... it's all over man.
What do you think of The Magician's Elephant?