Magic Light Pictures has optioned the rights to adapt Stick Man, a children’s book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.
The company will create a half hour animated film version set to land in 2015.
“We‘re delighted to have the opportunity to adapt this wonderfully witty and emotional story about a ‘stick man’ who has to get back to his family in time for Christmas," said Michael Rose, co-founder, Magic Light Pictures.
"Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s books offer abundantly rich material for adaptation, and we’re thrilled to be collaborating with them for the fourth time.”
Stick Man will be directed by London-based Jeroen Jaspaert, co-directed by Daniel Snaddon and produced by Magic Light’s Martin Pope and Michael Rose, with animation taking place at Triggerfish Animation Studios in Cape Town.
Stick Man is the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book to be adapted by Magic Light, following successful adaptations of Room on the Broom, The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child.