The Mouse House is turning Shawn Amos’s upcoming debut novel Cookies & Milk into an animated series, with Disney Television Animation driving development.
Actor Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) and Helen Sugland, who jointly own the studio Cinema Gypsy (Black-ish), will executive produce with Amos, Brian Egeston (who will pull double duty as story editor) and Jesse Murphy and James Sears Bryant from LA-based Jesse James Films.
Cinema Gypsy has also partnered with Disney on upcoming animated series Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, based on the same-name Marvel comic book series.
Set in 1970s California, Cookies & Milk centers around 11-year-old Ellis Johnson, who has to spend the summer helping his father with an ambitious new venture—opening the world’s first chocolate chip cookie store. It’s inspired by Amos’s own experience growing up as the son of Wally Amos, founder of the Famous Amos cookie brand.
Targeting middle-grade readers, the book is expected to hit retail on May 24, and the film and TV rights were acquired by Jesse James Films in 2020.
Cookies & Milk joins several other book-based projects in Disney’s aggregated content pipeline. Disney Branded TV is working on an animated Superfudge feature film and live-action series Paola Santiago and the River of Tears. And Out of My Mind, a Disney+ movie based on Sharon Draper’s bestselling book, was announced earlier this week.