Nickelodeon is taking flight with James Corden and Ben Winston to produce an animated film and TV series based on the kids book Real Pigeons Fight Crime.
Under the multiplatform deal, actor and talk show host Corden (Peter Rabbit) and producer Winston (The Late Late Show with James Corden) will produce the content through their Fulwell 73 shingle. The movie and series will be developed to air on all Nick platforms.
Revolving around a secret squad of crime-fighting pigeons who solve mysteries and keep neighborhoods safe, Corden and Winston serve as executive producers on the comedy-adventure film and series, with the book’s writer Andrew McDonald and illustrator Ben Wood serving as consultants. No details on the format or expected delivery dates have been announced yet.
Australian publisher Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing first released the book in 2018, and it has since spawned a series of titles that are available in more than 10 territories and have sold hundreds of thousands of copies.
Nick has been rapidly building up a slate of new big-name projects in recent months. Most recently, it announced a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle CG-animated movie—Nickelodeon Animation Studio’s first-ever CG theatrical production—produced by Point Grey Pictures. It also greenlit a new preschool adaptation of Baby Shark called Baby Shark’s Big Show! (working title), which Nick Animation Studio will co-produce with SmartStudy. Last month, the kidsnet inked a deal with licensing agents Lafig Belgium and International Merchandising, Promotion and Services to pick up a Smurfs series for Nickelodeon and build an international CP program around the IP.