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Paddington team to adapt Enid Blyton classic

StudioCanal working with Neal Street Productions on the Magic Faraway Tree film.

The team behind the hit Paddington film adaptation is now turning its attention to another children’s classic, Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree.

StudioCanal will be working with Neal Street Productions on the movie – marking the first time that the 1943 novel has been taken to the big screen, reports Variety.

Neal Street has licensed all four books in the Faraway Tree series from Hachette Children’s Group.

In addition, Simon Farnaby, who wrote Paddington 2, is also on board to write the Enid Blyton adaptation.

“Enid Blyton’s work is timeless,” said Danny Perkins, ceo of StudioCanal UK. “Not unlike the work of Michael Bond, we very much look forward to bringing enduring family classics to audiences worldwide.”

Hilary Murray Hill, ceo at Hachette Children’s Group, added: “We can’t wait to see it realised on the big screen and couldn’t be happier to be working with StudioCanal and Neal Street, whose track record with beloved childhood classics from Paddington to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory speaks for itself.”

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