Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment has partnered with James Patterson to develop five of the best-selling author’s children’s books as television, film and digital projects.
Among the titles in development are the House of Robots series, the adventure series Treasure Hunters, the stand-up comedy focused I Funny and the upcoming young adult title Sophia, Princess Among Beasts. The titles chosen for adaptation come from Patterson’s JIMMY Patterson Books imprint, and were selected from his catalog of more than 20 books aimed at younger readers. Per the exclusive deal, all of the projects will be produced by Imagine Kids & Family.
The forthcoming Patterson projects join Life for Kids—an animated series that uses photos from Life magazine to make history come alive—on the newly formed Imagine Kids & Family’s content slate.
“Imagine Kids & Family is the ideal partner to help us realize our JIMMY books mission,” Bill Robinson of James Patterson Entertainment said. “We believe a kid who reads is a kid who can succeed. We want to make reading fun for kids—through stories and voices that speak to them and expand their world. Naturally, we are thrilled to adapt some of JIMMY’s most popular works alongside [Imagine founders] Brian [Grazer] and Ron [Howard].”
Imagine Kids & Family’s Stephanie Sperber added, “Imagine Kids & Family is excited to take the amazing stories that James Patterson has written and develop them for TV and film. Patterson’s titles are full of heart, great characters and imaginative worlds that we believe will translate into compelling content for kids around the world.”