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Mr. Men movie might be getting made

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Tuesday, February 8, 2011

If you've got kids, or you're an auntie or uncle, then you probably know of Roger Hargreaves body of work called the Mr. Men series. Written for young children, each short volume tells the story of a certain colorful being that is the living embodiment of their name. For example, Mr. Tickle has long rubbery arms and is incredibly ticklish. Mr. Noisy can't help but make a lot of noise wherever he goes. And Mr. Happy doesn't ever have a case of the Mondays.

Since their debut in 1971 there have been over one hundred million Mr. Men books sold. Incredibly, Hollywood hasn't made a movie out of the property yet, but now that Mr. Film Executive at 20th Century Fox Animation has formed a business partnership with Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy there might well be an animated Mr. Men movie one day soon.

Levy is only onboard as a producer, not as director or writer. Those positions haven't been filled yet, though I'll wager that Fox would like to have a draft done by the end of the year and someone sitting in that big director's chair. CG 'toons are insanely profitable for studios, and if Fox can make another Ice Age from Hargreaves' Mr. Men series then they will be sitting pretty (especially now that producer Chris Meledandri has bunked over at Universal and is making Despicable Me movies for those guys.)

Levy might even be the right kind of guy to help bring the Mr. Men movie to life, as his live-action works are filled with the same kind of grade-school level comedy as the kids' books. Have you seen both Cheaper By the Dozen movies?

-The Hollywood Reporter.

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