Sony Animation have announced that they have acquired the film rights to the award-winning novel Muncle Trogg. The children’s book, written by Janet Foxley, won the 2010 Times/Chicken House competition that seeks to find talented new writers of children books.
Muncle Trogg is a fairy tale about a community of giants that live in a volcano, hidden from humans. Muncle, however, is a black sheep amongst the community, constantly ridiculed for being small and said to be the size of humans. One day, tired of the ridicule, Muncle decides to come out of hiding and visit the humans to get a glimpse at what they look like and how he compares. What he finds out, though, is quite a surprise to him.
No directors or even writers have been attached to the project, but Jane Startz is set to produce the film while Kane Lee will co-produce. This is the first project acquired by Michelle Raimo-Kouyate since being named president of production for Sony Pictures Animation.
Given all the details, this could very well end up being a project to look out for. The novel itself has received plenty of acclaim and is said to be set to become a very endearing classic in children’s literature. Meanwhile, Raimo-Kouyate seems to have a lot of faith in the story as well. Being as this is her first acquisition in her new job, you’d think she’d be very careful in what she chooses, setting first impressions and all. So, maybe it will be good indeed.
“Strong characters, relatable themes, a unique world and tons of inherent comedy: as soon as I read Muncle Trogg, I knew this would speak to the kinds of animated movies I want to make at Sony Pictures Animation,” said Raimo-Kouyate.
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