Classic children’s book CORDUROY is in the works at CBS Films with Tim Story attached to direct the project. Since its release in 1968, the work has sold tens of millions of copies and has been a mainstay on numerous lists of greatest children’s books including the New York Public Library’s 100 Great Children’s Books from the Last 100 Years. It has even risen 30% in sales since 2009 as it has found its way into the hands of the next generation.
The story follows a teddy bear who searches a closed department store in search of his lost button, in the hopes that he will find the home and friend he’s always wanted. The story was previously adapted into a television movie in 1984 and an animated series in 1997.
It was reportedly important to the studio for the project to land an African American director. The book was released in 1968 in the midst of the civil rights era and was groundbreaking as the title character sought to join the home of an African American girl and her mother.
Mark Ross and Alex Ginno are overseeing for CBS.
Story has been behind several hit comedies, including Ride Along and Barbershop. He also directed the Fantastic Four, starring Jessica Alba and Chris Evans, where he showed his skills with special effects.
He is repped by UTA.
Emily J | Staff Writer