Oscar-winning director and writer Tom McCarthy is turning in the seriousness of the newsroom for the fun of a child’s detective agency. The Tracking Board has confirmed McCarthy is in talks to helm and co-write the adaptation of TIMMY FAILURE for Disney, based on the children’s book series by Stephan Pastis.
The book, originally published in 2013, follows the confident 11-year-old Timmy Failure who is the CEO of “the best detective agency in town, perhaps even the nation” alongside his lazy business partner, the polar bear Total. Pastis also encourages his young readers to become involved in the series by sending in their own drawings as well as teaching them how to draw in the books and providing activities.
Pastis will co-write with McCarthy and Pete’s Dragon Jim Whitaker is attached to produce. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the story.
One of McCarthy’s more recent projects, the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has been receiving mass amounts of attention in the past several weeks. McCarthy executive produced the series. He’s currently executive producing and writing the upcoming Showtime series Secure and Hold: The Last Days of Roger Ailes and in keeping within the Disney family, he recently rewrote the script for Christopher Robin.
He’s represented by Gersh.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor