It’s been a busy week for 20th Century Fox Animation. In another deal, the studio has landed the rights to THE LITTLEST BIGFOOT by Jennifer Weiner, recently published this week by Aladdin Books. The deal was negotiated by Weiner’s brother Joe of Miloknay Weiner and her other brother, Jake, is set to produce alongside Chris Bender of Good Fear Films + Management.
In the book, two 12 year-old girls become friends, but here’s the twist: while Alice Mayfair is human, Millie Maximus is a Bigfoot, dwelling deep in the woods with her clan. Millie is fascinated by the human world, but Alice wants to protect her from people who would hunt her. The book is being set up as the first in a trilogy, with the sequel, Little Bigfoot, Big City scheduled for a November 2017 release.
Weiner will serve as executive producer on the film and Andrea Miloro will oversee for Fox.
This is the second deal for the week of a children’s book for Fox Animation, following Wednesday’s acquisition of Zita the Spacegirl. They are the studio behind The Peanuts Movie, The Book of Life, and the Ice Age franchise. They currently have Anubis and The Story of Ferdinand in production.
Weiner is a well-known author, having published 14 books so far, including Good in Bed, Who Do You Love, and an upcoming memoir Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing. Her 2002 novel In Her Shoes was turned into a movie starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine.
She is repped by Joanna Pulcini Literary Management.
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