Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree to Arrive to the Big Screen
Here is a story for everyone who loves to reminisce about their childhood. Were you big fans of Moonface and Saucepan man? Well keep reading because Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway books are to be adapted for the cinema screen for the first time – 75 years after she first began writing them!
The books are being developed for live action film versions by Sam Mendes’ production company, Neal Street Productions (Call the Midwife).
For anyone who may not know, the stories follow a group of children and their adventures at the top of a tree in an enchanted forest.
In her lifetime Enid Blyton wrote four books in the series, creating characters such as Silky the fairy and Dame Washalot, and were released between 1939 and 1951 but even now they continue to be popular with children everywhere.
“As a child I was captivated by The Faraway Tree books, and the magical worlds created by Enid Blyton,” said Neal Street Productions’ Pippa Harris.
“Re-reading the books today with my daughter, they completely retain their power to enchant. To be able to adapt these books for the big screen and introduce them to a new audience is a great honour.”
The Head of Enid Blyton’s estate is excited too!
Marlene Johnson, head of the Enid Blyton Estate, said: “Enid Blyton was a passionate advocate of children’s storytelling, and The Magic Faraway Tree is a fantastic example of her creative imagination.
“It’s a much loved title, so we’re very excited to announce we’ve signed an option agreement for development with Neal Street Productions.
“Many generations have grown up with The Magic Faraway Tree and today’s news provides a great chance to share the wonder of these stories through a new medium.”
Are you as excited as we are?