In one of Mrc
’s biggest IP acquisitions to date, the independent film and television studio has secured film, television, live stage and related ancillary rights to, Eloise, the beloved series of children’s books written by Kay Thompson
and illustrated by Hilary Knight
Mrc will work closely with UK-based HandMade Films
and collaborate with the Thompson estate, illustrator Knight, as well as Simon & Schuster
, the book series’ publisher, to develop various adaptations. Handmade’s Trudi Francis will serve as an executive producer on all projects.
First published by Simon & Schuster in 1955, Thompson’s Eloise
books have sold more than 15 million English-language copies to date around the world.
“We are honored to be entrusted with bringing Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight’s beloved Eloise to life for a new generation of children, as well as all her ardent admirers throughout the years,” said Mrc Film
Co-Presidents Brye Adler, Jonathan Golfman