Enid Blyton Entertainment has sold the television adaptation rights for the boarding school book series, Malory Towers, to King Bert Productions.
Jo Sargent at King Bert Productions has acquired the rights from Karen Lawler, head of licensed content, Enid Blyton Entertainment – a part of the Hachette Children’s Group.
Malory Towers is a series of novels by children’s author Enid Blyton, published by Hachette Children’s Group. The first book was published in 1946 and the series follows the protagonist Darrell Rivers on her adventures and experiences at boarding school on the Cornish coast.
Karen Lawler, head of licensed content, Enid Blyton Entertainment, said: “It’s fantastic to be continuing the expansion of the Enid Blyton brand in this way – King Bert really impressed us with their pitch and fought off some stiff competition.
"It feels like the right moment for a story about strong women to be adapted for TV screens around the world. The Malory Towers girls were ‘women the world could lean on’ and we can’t wait to see how King Bert bring them to life on screen.”
Jo Sargent at King Bert Productions, added: “Malory Towers is such an iconic series, which is so dearly loved across the generations. We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Enid Blyton Entertainment and Hachette Children’s Books to bring the series to the small screen. It’s a tale with such empowering female leads and we can’t wait for audiences to see it.”
In June 2019, Hachette Children’s Group will reissue all 12 Malory Towers backlist titles with new covers by acclaimed British illustrator, Pippa Curnick.
Alongside the relaunch of the popular boarding-school stories, HCG will publish New Class at Malory Towers, featuring four brand-new stories by the author of over 300 children’s books Narinder Dhami, YA Prize and Waterstones Book Prize-winner Patrice Lawrence, Guardian TV critic, Stylist columnist and author of Bookworm Lucy Mangan and teacher and writer Rebecca Westcott.
All four stories will be set in the time and world of Enid Blyton’s original books, with familiar Malory Towers faces as well as new characters.
New Class at Malory Towers will publish on 13 June 2019 in PB for £6.99.
Alexandra Antscherl, editorial director, Enid Blyton Entertainment, concluded: “I’m thrilled to be putting the spotlight on Malory Towers in 2019. It’s a perennial favourite for generations of readers.
"In New Class at Malory Towers, each writer has honoured Enid Blyton’s classic creation, while introducing a fascinating new character and bringing a welcome diversity to our favourite school. I know there will be great excitement about the TV, the new book and Pippa’s wonderful covers.”