Pamela Pettler To Adapt Aaron Becker’s Award-Winning Picture Book “Journey” For Temple Hill (EXCLUSIVE)


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Journey is the first book in a trilogy that also includes Quest and Return.

has acquired the film rights to acclaimed 2013 picture book by and has attached Monster House screenwriter to adapt the . Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing for Temple Hill with Jaclyn Huntling. Producers are still working to package the project before taking out to buyers.

The story, described as being in the vein of The Chronicles of Narnia and Alice in Wonderland, centers on a lonely girl who draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Red marker in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon, and a flying carpet that carry her on a spectacular journey toward an uncertain destiny. When she is captured by a sinister emperor, only an act of tremendous courage and kindness can set her free.

Becker’s Journey, which notably contains no words with the story instead being told entirely through his illustrationsis the first in a wordless trilogy which also includes Quest and Return. Becker has worked as an illustrator for animated features, as well, including The Polar Express, Cars, and the aforementioned Monster House – also scripted by Pettler.

In addition to Monster House, Pettler’s credits include the animated features Corpse Bride and 9. Pettler previously worked on a draft of the Monopoly movie that’s in with Hasbro and Lionsgate. She is also attached to re-team with director Tim Burton for a reboot of The Addams Family and is working with J.J. Abrams on the animated comedy The Flamingo Affair.

Temple Hill’s recent releases include Paper Towns, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, and Martyrs. The company also produced the highly-anticipated Power Rangers movie for Lionsgate, set to hit theaters in 2017.

Pettler is repped by .


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