According to Mike Fleming at Deadline New York, Paramount Pictures is looking to option The Search for WondLa, a forthcoming fantasy children's book series from author Tony DiTerlizzi, who also wrote the highly popular series The Spiderwick Chronicles. The deal is reportedly worth six figures.
Like any good children's fantasy book, The Search for WondLa has a young protagonist, a fantastic otherworldly setting, and, of course, robots. Here's a description for the book, which will be released by Simon & Schuster this fall, courtesy of Amazon.com.
When a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary that Eva Nine was raised in by the robot Muthr, the twelve-year-year-old girl is forced to flee aboveground. Eva Nine is searching for anyone else like her, for she knows that other humans exist, because of an item she treasures—a scrap of cardboard on which is depicted a young girl, an adult, and a robot, with the strange word, "WondLa."
Though beloved as a book series, the film adaptation of Tony DiTerlizzi's The Spiderwick Chronicles was widely seen as a disappointment at the box office (though it did end up finding moderate success thanks to foreign grosses). The fact that Paramount is behind WondLa as well may give pause to some of DiTerlizzi's fans. Of course, given the massive financial potential of turning a children's fantasy franchise into a film franchise, you can't really blame Paramount for trying again.
The premise of DiTerlizzi's book certainly sounds promising, and I will be interested to see whether or not the franchise takes off. If it does, then Paramount's early positioning to option the franchise will turn out to be a pretty shrewd move.
What do you think of the book description? Did you enjoy the film adaptation of DiTerlizzi's other series, The Spiderwick Chronicles?
Source: Deadline New York