Working Title has set Jon Croker to adapt THE FAMOUS FIVE by Enid Blyton after picking up the rights last year. There are over 20 novels in the series following the adventures of a group of four young children and their dog Timmy.
Croker previously wrote the scripts for The Woman In Black 2: The Ange Of Death and Desert Dancer. He also worked on StudioCanal’s family film Paddington and is currently working on The Abominable Snowman for Hammer Films.
The Famous Five included over 20 novels starting with Five On A Treasure Island. The Children’s film Foundation previously made a pair of films based on the series in 1957 and 1964, as well as a television series by Southern Television and Portman Productions for ITV in the UK in the 1970s and an animated series, Famous 5: On The Case set in modern times that aired in 2008.
The original novel was published in 1942. Blyton intended to write only six or eight books in the series but their enormous sales and commercial success led to the completion of twenty-one novels, plus a number of other series in similar style following a group of children discovering crime on holiday in the countryside.
Emily J | Staff Writer