RG Entertainment is in development of a new feature film based on Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 literary classic “The Wind in the Willows” reports Variety.
The $30 million feature will mix live-action and animatronics provided by Peter Jackson’s FX company WETA to portray Mole, Ratty, Mr. Badger and Mr. Toad along with the various Wild Wood inhabitants.
Ray Griggs will direct from a script by Bill Marsilii and shooting kicks off this fall in New Zealand for release in 2012
‘Willows’ has been adapted numerous times for television and film. A Ranknin/Bass 1987 animated feature, a film adaptation in 1996 featuring much of the Monty Python gang, and a BBC TV movie adaptation in 2006.
Arguably though, the most famous was a 52 episodes TV series done with stop-motion animation that ran from 1984-1990.