Talk about a transformation. Scholastic Entertainment is rebooting the Animorphs brand, partnering with California-based media company PICTURESTART to turn the book series into a feature film for the first time.
The live-action movie will be developed and produced by Scholastic Entertainment’s president and chief strategy officer Iole Lucchese and SVP and GM Caitlin Friedman, as well as we PICTURESTART CEO Erik Feig and EVP of production Lucy Kitada.
Off-screen, Scholastic plans to grow the Animorphs brand through new publishing efforts. A graphic novel from artist Chris Gine, adapting the first Animorphs book The Invasion, will bow on October 6 through the Scholastic Graphix imprint. Additionally, Scholastic will introduce a tin box collection featuring the first six books—with their original ’90s covers—this fall.
The book series, written by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant under the name K.A. Applegate, launched in 1996 and includes 54 book and 10 companion titles. Animorphs revolves around five teens who can morph into any animal they touch as they fight against a secret alien invasion. The books were previously adapted into the TV series Animorphs, which aired on Nickelodeon, YTV and Global Television Network from 1998 to 1999.
Scholastic’s live-action aspirations go far beyond Animorphs, however. Disney recently optioned Scholastic IP Upside-Down Magic to transform the children’s fantasy book series into a Disney Channel original movie. Scholastic Entertainment is also partnering with Josephson Entertainment and ‘Twas Entertainment to produce the live-action hybrid feature film Ghost Squad, based on the novel by Claribel Ortega.