〉 The long-in-development adaptation is picking up steam as Dallas Clayton boards the project.
Author and illustrator Dallas Clayton is set to adapt the popular children’s book HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON for Sony Pictures Animation, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned. The original book and subsequent series were written by Crockett Davis.
The book follows Harold, a curious four-year-old boy who, with his purple crayon, has the power to create a world of his own simply by drawing it. Harold wants to go for a walk in the moonlight, but there is no moon, so he draws one. He has nowhere to walk, so he draws a path. He has many adventures looking for his room, and in the end, he draws his own house and bed and goes to sleep.
The film is set to be a CGI-animated feature with James Lassiter and Will Smith producing.
The book has been previously adapted by Weston Woods Studios and Brandon Films into a short film in 1959. Series follow up books A Picture for Harold’s Room and Harold’s Fairy Tale were also made into animated films. The trio were packaged together in 1993 with a documentary and sold as the Harold and the Purple Crayon and Other Harold Stories set.
Clayton is an author, illustrator, public speaker, and mural painter. His books have included It’s Never Too Late, An Awesome Book!, Make Magic! Do Good!, and Lily the Unicorn which was turned into a television movie last year.
He is repped by 3 Arts Entertainment.
Emily J | Staff Writer