Vertigo Films and Novel Entertainment have announced the production of a 3D live-action movie based on Novel’s hugely successful children’s property Horrid Henry. Vertigo, producers of Europe’s first 3D feature film and box office smash Street Dance 3D, will producer the live action feature with the same 3D team Paradise FX Europe. The film will be a co-production between Vertigo Films and Novel Entertainment.
Nick Moore, the highly respected British director and editor, has been signed as the film’s director. Casting has already begun, with filming scheduled to take place during October and November this year. The film, to be shot entirely on location in the UK, is slated for release in 2011.
Sourcebooks is the North American publisher of the bestselling Horrid Henry children’s chapter book series, created by American-born author Francesca Simon. The company introduced Horrid Henry to U.S. readers last April and it was the #1 children’s chapter book launch of 2009. The latest release, Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman, is slated for publication in August 2010. Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman was the Galaxy British Book Award’s Best Children's Book of the Year in 2008 (the “Oscars” of the book world). Francesca Simon is the only American author ever to have won; past winners include JK Rowling.
The live-action 3D adventure stars Horrid Henry, Lord High Majesty of the Purple Hand Gang, as he wages his ever constant battle against the tyranny of adults. Although this time, it seems the adults are really out to get him, forcing him into an unlikely alliance with his irritating brother Perfect Peter and the infuriating girl next door, Moody Margaret.
Lucinda Whiteley, co-producer for Novel Entertainment and screenplay writer for the movie, says “We’re delighted to be bringing Henry to life, in the truest sense of the word-for so many kids Henry already exists, but seeing him up on the big screen gives them the chance to meet their hero face to face.”
Nick Moore’s directorial debut came on the teenage film Wild Child (2008) and he just finished working on the new Harrison Ford movie Morning Glory, to be release later this year. Moore received a Bafta nomination for Best Editing on The Full Monty, and has since edited a number of iconic British films including About A Boy, Notting Hill, Love Actually and Nanny McPhee.
Vertigo Films will also distribute in the UK with Protagonist Pictures taking international sales.
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