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Andy de Emmony on Adapting Four Kids and It From Book to Screen [Exclusive Interview]

Andy De Emmony Film Four Kids and It

Andy de Emmony Film Four Kids and ItAndy de Emmony was granted one wish from a Psammead, and it was to direct Four Kids and It.

Jacqueline Wilson’s popular children’s story “Four Children and It” was adapted for the screen. Simon Lewis and Mark Oswin wrote the screenplay. It was up to director De Emmony to successfully translate the magical story from page to screen.

The story follows four children who take a vacation to Cornwall. On the beach, they meet a creature called Psammead, who has the powers to grant wishes. As each child receives their wish, the consequences of the wishes are not as expected. Unbeknownst to the children, an evil hunter is also on the prowl tracking down the magical creature.

The film stars Matthew Goode, Paula Patton, Russell Brand, and Michael Caine as the voice of Psammead. The children are played by Ashley Aufderheide, Billy Jenkins, Ellie-Mae Siame, and Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen.

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LRM Online had an exclusive interview via Zoom with director Andy de Emmony. He is known for directing many television shows, including The Last Kingdom, Quacks, Him, and Lucky Man.

We spoke about Four Kids and It is one of the most ambitious feature films he directed utilizing many different types of CGI effects. Additionally, we talked about the changes to the book’s story to make it more plausible for a feature film.

Four Kids and It is released tomorrow as digital, Blu-ray, DVD, and On-Demand, including major digital platforms of iTunes, Amazon Prime, Vudu, and others.

Watch the full interview below.

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