Enid Blyton’s ‘The Faraway Tree’ to Be Adapted for Cinema
For the first time, the books that make up Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree series will be adapted for cinema.
Enid Blyton died in 1968, but that hasn’t stopped her stories from remaining a favourite for generations of children around the world. She remains one of the world’s best-selling authors of children’s books, selling more than 600 million copies worldwide.
There are four books in The Faraway Tree series: The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree, The Folk of the Faraway Tree, and Up the Faraway Tree, written between 1938 and 1951.
The stories follow three siblings (and the occasional friend who comes to stay with them) and their adventures in an enchanted forest they discover at the bottom of their garden. There, they encounter various magical lands and unusual characters such as Moonface, Silky the fairy, the Angry Pixie and the Saucepan Man.
The books will be adapted into live action versions by Sam Mendes’ production company, Neal Street Productions. Sam Mendes is a well-known director and producer, who directed Academy Award-winning American Beauty and Skyfall, for which he won Empire Awards’ Best Director.
Neal Street Productions has produced a number of films and television series, such as the award-winning Call the Midwife and Penny Dreadful, which won ‘Most Exciting New Series’ at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards.
Pippa Harris, the production company’s co-founder, described being able to adapt the books for live-action cinema is incredibly exciting. She used to read the books when she was a child, “captivated” by them, and now reads them with her daughter, finding that she enjoys them just as much now as she did then.
“To be able to adapt these books for the big screen and introduce them to a new audience is a great honour,” she said.
The Enid Blyton Estate is managed by children’s book publishers Hachette. Marlene Johnson, managing director of Hachette, said the series is a fantastic example of Blyton’s creativity.
“Many generations have grown up with The Magic Faraway Tree,” she said, “and today’s news provides a great chance to share the wonder of these stories through a new medium.”
Details of writer, director and cast haven’t been released yet.