Children’s author Chris Van Allsburg, who wrote the book the original Jumanji is based on has signed a deal with 20th Century Fox to bring more of his books to the big screen. One of Allburg’s producing partners, William Teitler spoke with Deadline and discussed the deal.
“Chris Van Allsburg has created a universe of imaginative and visionary stories with broad and enduring appeal. We look forward, in concert with Fox, to bringing together writers and directors to adapt and translate his work into the medium of film and think this will be an exciting magnet for the entire creative community.”
Van Allsburg has dozens of books in his catalog, and they should provide more than enough choices for 20th Century Fox to choose from for future films. Included in those titles are the books of the same name which the films The Polar Express, and Zathura were based from.
The film adaptations of Van Allburg’s books that have been adapted so far, have turned out well in my opinion. I have loved Jumanji since I was a kid and last year’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was a well-timed and more than worthy entry into the franchise.
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