Martin Hynes to adapt Kate DiCamillo's THE MAGICIANS ELEPHANT

by Eli Reyes


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?

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