Casey Lyall's middle-grade detective series to be adapted for TV by Drew Barrymore's Flower Films
Southwestern Ontario writer Casey Lyall's middle-grade detective book, Howard Wallace, PI, is being developed into a half-hour comedy series by Drew Barrymore's Flower Films, The Mother Company and Entertainment One.
The book is the first in a series about a friendless 12-year-old boy named Howard Wallace who wears a bathrobe as a trench coat. He's hired to take on a blackmailing case and the school's new girl, Ivy Mason, persuades him to let her tag along for the investigation.
The other two books in the series are Shadow of a Pug and Sabotage Stage Left.
OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!! HUGE <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HowardWallacePI?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HowardWallacePI</a> news! So excited to have Howard in <a href="https://twitter.com/TheMotherCo?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TheMotherCo</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/DrewBarrymore?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DrewBarrymore</a>'s awesome hands! Thanks to <a href="https://twitter.com/mollykh?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mollykh</a> and Mary Pender! So incredibly happy, my friends. <a href="https://t.co/m1V5fGaRRL">https://t.co/m1V5fGaRRL</a>—@CKLyall
Lyall said she's "thrilled" that the story has been picked up by the three production companies.
"Howard's number one rule is 'work with what you've got' and I couldn't have dreamed of a better team to work with. I'm beyond excited to dive into this next big adventure," said Lyall in an email to CBC Books.
Lyall is also the author of a picture book called Inky's Great Escape, which is about an octopus's escape from his aquarium tank. It was illustrated by Sebastià Serra.