Streaming platform Netflix has bought the rights to children’s book series Ivy & Bean and will be adapting them into live-action feature films. According to a press release issued by the platform, the movies based on Annie Barrows’ bestselling children’s book series will be one-hour long family films. Kathy Waugh is writing the movies.
“Netflix has optioned the rights to Annie Barrows’ New York Times bestselling book series Ivy & Bean and will adapt into family films one-hour in length.” – Netflix said in a statement.
Ivy & Bean joins Netflix’s growing slate of live action family films featuring kids and teens, which includes Feel the Beat, directed by Elissa Down (The Honor List) and starring Sofia Carson; WWE’s The Main Event, directed by Jay Karas (Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife) and starring Seth Carr; and 2019 comedy Tall Girl, directed by Nzingha Stewart (Little Fires Everywhere) and starring Ava Michelle. Other upcoming films include Finding Ohana, directed by Jude Weng (Fresh Off the Boat); and A Week Away, directed by Roman White (Summer Forever).
Ivy and Bean never expected to be friends. Bean is loud, exuberant and fearless. Ivy is quiet, thoughtful and observant. However, sometimes an adventure reveals that opposites can become the best of friends.
“With a 1-hour run-time, the Ivy & Bean film series will still very much be movies the whole family can enjoy. Safe, fun and elevated comedy-adventures, they also have the wonderful benefit of giving the youngest members of the family an opportunity to see themselves as the star of their own story.” – Director Family Features, Naketha Mattocks said in a statement.
Lionsgate TV backed – Kindle Entertainment; Melanie Stokes and Anne Brogan (The A List, Kiss Me First, Four Kids and It) are producers of IVY & BEAN.
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