Lupus Films and HarperCollins Children’s Books are partnering to develop for television Judith Kerr’s picture book The Tiger Who Came to Tea.
Lupus Films (We’re Going on a Bear Hunt) is working alongside HarperCollins Children’s Books to co-produce a new hand-drawn animated special of the popular book. The Tiger Who Came to Tea celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea has sold more than 5 million copies since it was first published in 1968. Produced by Lupus Films’ founders Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding, together with Ann-Janine Murtagh, Katie Fulford and Mia Jupp at HarperCollins Children’s Books, the animated special will see a team of artists bring to life Kerr’s illustrations.
Deakin of Lupus Films said: “We are thrilled that HarperCollins has chosen to work with Lupus Films on this very special project. It is an honor to be adapting such an iconic children’s book in its landmark anniversary year and we will do our very best to capture the charm and magic of the original book to create a timeless film for children and family audiences.”
Murtagh, the executive publisher at HarperCollins Children’s Books, added, “HarperCollins Children’s Books leads the way in multiplatform storytelling. Quality and authenticity are paramount to our success and it is fantastic to be partnering with Lupus Films who share this vision and have created some of the most treasured animated films of recent years. We are incredibly proud to publish Judith Kerr and how wonderful to be bringing her iconic picture book to life for television while we celebrate the golden anniversary year of The Tiger Who Came to Tea.”