Frankly, it's about time Animorphs gets the big-screen treatment...
...Via THR, Animorphs, the popular 1990's book series published by Scholastic from author K.A. Applegate, is finally getting a feature-film adaptation, courtesy of Scholastic and Erik Feig's Picturestart banner!
"Five teens — Jake, Marco, Cassie, Rachel, and Tobias — have the ability to morph into any animal they touch. They use their powers to fight a secret alien invasion of Earth."
Scholastic Entertainment's Lole Lucchese and Caitlin Friedman will produce the movie, with Picturestart's Feig and Lucy Kitada. Overseeing script development will be Scholastic's Friedman and Picturestart's Royce Reeves Darby.
Said Lucchese to the site, "The central themes of 'Animorphs' have resonated strongly with kids for more than two decades, and the time is right for a feature film that takes this captivating sci-fi adventure to another level for audiences today."
Animorphs ran from 1996 to 2001, with more than 35 million copies in print. It's wild that its taken this long for a feature film adaptation to be put into the works, though there was a Canadian-produced television series that ran for two seasons in the late '90s.
Still, we look forward to seeing what the studio does with over 50 books worth of material.
By Matt Konopka