Wednesday, January 28, 2015 |
Let's get ready to meet Mr. Hollywood and Little Miss Movie Star.
Fox Animation has attained the movie rights to produce a film featuring English children's author Roger Hargreaves' iconic Mr. Men and Little Miss characters.
The studio, which has scored major hits with kid-friendly animated hits like the Ice Age and Rio films, has tapped Shawn Levy, best known for his work directing the Night at the Museum franchise, to produce the new movie.
"I loved reading these books as a kid, and now I love reading them to my own kids," Levy said in a press release on Tuesday. "Their humor, wit and uniquely specific tone make this a truly classic series. I can't wait to help shepherd them to the big screen."
Hargreaves first introduced the world to his colourful characters in 1971 with his first book Mr. Tickle. He created new characters up until his death in 1988, including Mr. Sneeze, Mr. Mean, Mr. Dizzy, Little Miss Bossy, Little Miss Sunshine and Little Miss Trouble. However, both beloved book series continued with Hargreaves' son Adam taking over the writing and illustration. The Mr. Men and Little Miss series is among the most commercially successful literary franchises in the world, with combined sales of more than 100 million copies globally.