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Back in July of last year it was revealed that Paramount Pictures was developing a live-action/CG hybrid adaptation of Norman Bridwell’s Clifford the Big Red Dog book series, and now Variety is reporting that the project has found a director.
Walt Becker, whose previous credits include Van Wilder, Wild Hogs, Old Dogs and Alvin and the Chipmunks, is set to helm the movie, while Ellen Rapoport has come on board to rewrite the script from Justin Malen.
Clifford the Big Red Dog launched in 1963 and revolves around the adventures of a young girl called Emily Elizabeth and her pet dog Clifford, who just happens to be 25 feet tall, and bright red. The books have spawned two animated series, while Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment spent several years in development on an animated feature before the rights ended up at Paramount. »
- Gary Collinson
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Back in my day, Scholastic Book Sales were all about Calvin and Hobbes, The Berenstein Bears, Garfield and Clifford the Big Red Dog. I used to save my allowance for months in anticipation for the Scholastic reps to visit my school, and open the flood gates of literary genius to those of us who loved to read. Today, it's been announced that Walt Becker, who directed Alvin And The Chipmunks: Road Chip, will helm... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
The first book centered on a young girl who received a red puppy for her birthday that grew to be 25 feet tall. It was published by Scholastic in 1963, leading to more than 60 titles and 127 million copies in print. Clifford is Scholastic’s official mascot.
Scholastic produced the “Clifford the Big Red Dog” TV series, which which originally aired on PBS Kids from 2000 to 2003. The “Clifford the Big Red Dog” movie had been in development at Universal for several years with the studio announcing in 2014 that it would be »
- Dave McNary
25 September 2017 10:48 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Paramount’s Clifford the Big Red Dog movie project has a new leash on life.
Clifford adapts the children’s books by Norman Bridwell, which have made their mark on generations of kids since first being published in 1963.
The books told of the adventures of a 25-foot-tall red dog and his owner, a child named Emily Elizabeth. The girl picked up the dog when he was a puppy and the runt of the litter, but »
- Borys Kit
DeAGostini channel Super! in Italy and pubcaster Yle in Finland are the latest buyers on pre-school series “The Ollie & Moon Show,” a Cottonwood Media production distributed by Federation Kids & Family.
The deals add to the show’s global reach of over 150 territories already licensed. Previous key sales include to France Télévisions in France, NBC Sprout in the U.S., Tvo and Knowledge in Canada, Discovery in Latin America, D-Kids in Middle East and North Africa, Vrt in Belgium and Ietv in Israel.
An edutainment short-format series, “Ollie” follows a couple of six-year-old globe-trotting cats on a world tour, introducing to kids the joys of unlikely friendships, global citizenship, memorable adventures and new food, language, cities, and customs.
“These new acquisitions just go to show that good storytelling and magnetic characters are truly universal,” said Monica Levy, senior VP, co-production and sales at Federation Kids & Family, a joint-venture launched in 2015 by »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Seatbelts, everyone: Kate McKinnon will be your new Ms. Frizzle.
The “SNL” and “Ghostbusters” star will be voicing Ms. Frizzle for Netflix’s revival of the classic kids cartoon “The Magic School Bus,” titled “The Magic School Bus Rides Again.” Lily Tomlin — currently starring in Netflix’s “Grace & Frankie” opposite Jane Fonda — had voiced the character in the show’s original incarnation, which earned several Emmy nominations and a win for Tomlin.
The “reimagining” was first announced by Netflix in 2014, and conceived then as 26 episodes made using CG instead of traditional animation. “Magic School Bus” was just one of several Scholastic Books titles optioned by Netflix at the time, including “Clifford the Big Red Dog” and “Goosebumps.”
As with many a Netflix revival, “Magic School Bus” resides in the sweet spot of nostalgia-evoking series and children’s programming. Shows like “Fuller House” and the “Gilmore Girls” revival, along with originals like “Stranger Things,” have »
- Oriana Schwindt
Kate McKinnon is adding another famed character to her canon.
The Saturday Night Live star has been tapped to voice Ms. Frizzle in Netflix's upcoming Magic School Bus reboot, it was announced Wednesday.
Magic School Bus Rides Again will feature a modernized Ms. Frizzle and her class along with an inventive high-tech bus. The series also will highlight the latest tech innovations such as robotics, wearables and camera technology — just as in the original PBS show — to encourage children's interest in science.
- Kate Stanhope
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