Working Title looks to be developing a live-action film franchise based on famed British author Enid Blyton’s iconic “The Famous Five” book series.
Working Title has acquired theatrical rights to the full library of twenty-one novels which follow a group of four young children and their dog Timmy who get involved in an adventure whilst on summer vacation from boarding school. Think a “Goonies”-style tone.
The project is now out to directors and on a fast-tracked development schedule. Star cameos are likely to be sought for the various adult roles, while Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will produce.
The first novel debuted in 1942 and Blyton released a new one annually (aside from 1959) right up until 1963. The property was previously adapted into two films in 1957 & 1964, and two TV series in 1978 and 1995.
One of the biggest selling children’s authors in history, Blyton’s books have racked up over 600 million in sales.