Deadline reports that Working Title Films has acquired the theatrical rights to Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series, paving the way for a possible family-friendly film franchise. The deal was settled through the publisher Holder, a subsidiary of Hachette.
In the pre-J.K. Rowling days, Enid Blyton was the great British children’s novelist; her series, which began with Five on a Treasure Island in 1942 and followed the adventures of five kids of various school holidays, ran through 21 novels and received immense critical success.
There have been several film and television adaptations of the Famous Five series, including two British film serials in 1957 and 1964. In 2012, Fünf Freunde, a German adaptation, was released, two more installments followed. The 1978 live-action television adaptation of the series is perhaps the most famous. Another version appeared in 1995. In 2008, the Disney Channel began airing an animated modern-day version of the series.
Working Title’s previous releases include the Nanny McPhee and Johnny English films, making the Famous Five filmsa natural fit alongside some of their earlier kid-focused British titles. The production company has yet to announce a writer or director.