Thunderbird Entertainment’s Atomic Cartoons has optioned and started development on Eerie, a mixed-media series based on Scholastic’s bestselling book series Eerie Elementary (pictured) by Max Brallier (under the pen name Jack Chabert).
Aimed at kids ages six and up, each half-hour episode of the show will feature one live-action story intercut with spooky and whimsical animated mini-stories, parody commercials and more.
Launched in 2014, the book series tells the tale of school hall monitor Sam Graves, who must defend himself and his fellow classmates after discovering that his school is alive and evil. Published by Scholastic imprint Branches, the series consists of eight books, with a ninth title set to roll out in late October.
Brallier is the show’s creator and executive producer alongside Thunderbird CEO Jennifer Twiner McCarron and Matthew Berkowitz. Atomic will be leaning on Thunderbird’s live-action production expertise, gleaned from working on 2017 film Blade Runner 2049 and hit primetime series Kim’s Convenience for CBC and Netflix.
This is not the first time Atomic and Brallier have worked together; they are currently producing Netflix’s upcoming animated series The Last Kids on Earth, which is based on Brallier’s New York Times bestselling book series of the same name.
Atomic also recently optioned the TV rights to Princesses Wear Pants, a New York Times bestselling book series by Today Show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim. Executive producer Drew Barrymore and her Flower Films studio are attached to the project.