Film to be made of Joseph Delaney’s The Spook’s Apprentice
Enchanted Director Kevin Lima lined up to direct
Random House Children’s Books is delighted to announce that a film of The Spook’s Apprentice will be directed by Kevin Lima, who directed last year’s family blockbuster movie Enchanted.
Lima and his team hope to start work later this year on the adaptation of the book, which is about a 13-year-old boy who learns to be an exorcist from a forbidding old spook. Warner Brothers and Legendary are co-producing and co-financing along with Thunder Road. Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk is producing with Lionel Wigram and Lima’s producing partner, Chris Chase. The executive producer is Alysia Cotter.
Lionel Wigram and Basil Iwanyk comment: “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Kevin Lima on board, as well as being a great film-maker, he loves the books as much as we do and has a profound understanding of how to translate them to the big screen.”
The deal was brokered by Charlotte Knight at the Rod Hall Agency in London on behalf of Random House Children’s Books in the UK.
Author, Joseph Delaney, comments: “I’m thrilled and delighted to hear that the creator of the excellent Enchanted is to direct the film adaptation of my book, The Spook’s Apprentice. It’s brilliant news!”
Charlie Sheppard, Editorial Director, The Bodley Head comments, “I have loved these books since I saw the first manuscript six years ago. To now know that the stories will be coming to life on the big screen for even more children to enjoy is a dream come true.”
The Spook’s Apprentice was published by The Bodley Head in 2004. The original book and further titles in the series were acquired by Charlie Sheppard from agent Carolyn Whitaker. The series has enjoyed considerable commercial success around the globe. Joseph Delaney will be embarking on a second tour of the US this year where his books are published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers. He will also be visiting Australia and New Zealand to promote the books. He has recently returned from France, where the books appear on bestseller lists, and a signing in Paris at the Salon du Livre.
July 2008 sees the release of the fifth title in the Spook’s series, The Spook’s Mistake. There will be a Spook’s £1 book for World Book Day next year, and the publishing programme which includes two new titles in 2009, extends into 2010.
Praise for The Spooks series:
“. . . ideal for the reader who has outgrown Harry Potter. Be warned, these books are seriously scary . . . Beautifully produced and consistently surprising these weird and wonderful [books] are an annual treat.” The Times
“Teenage readers looking for total fantasy should hasten to Joseph Delaney’s The Spook’s Apprentice” The Independent