Horrid Henry leaps to big screen
by Naman Ramachandran
Vertigo Films and Novel Entertainment have announced a 3D live action film version of Francesca Simon’s popular children’s literary character Horrid Henry.
Horrid Henry is the second most popular character with British children after Harry Potter, with sales crossing 16 million. The books have spawned a well-liked animated series and also been adapted for stage, radio, online and computer games.
Casting is underway with principal photography due to take place entirely in the UK in October and November and the British release planned for 2011. Nick Moore (Wild Child [+see also:
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Lucinda Whiteley, co-producer for Novel Entertainment and screenwriter on the movie, said, “We’re delighted to be bringing Henry to life, in the truest sense of the word. For so many kids Henry already exists, but seeing him up on the big screen gives them the chance to meet their hero face to face. It’s a testament to the popularity and strength of the character that he can succeed so well in so many different forms, and we’re especially pleased to be working with such a strong production team, especially Nick Moore whose work we have long admired.”
Moore said, “Bringing Henry to the big screen, and in 3D, is truly a fantastic opportunity. We are all very excited at the prospect of creating something wonderful that will delight Henry’s existing fans as well as introducing him and his world to a whole new audience.”
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