Walden Media is hoping some of its success on the big screen will rub off in the publishing market with the launch of Walden Pond Press with HarperCollins Children's Books.
Under the multi-year agreement, Walden Pond Press will acquire and publish books for young readers, pair book properties with film makers and actors, and collaborate on the development and production of motion pictures based on select book titles.
The joint venture follows a longstanding promotional partnership between Walden Media and HarperCollins, featuring books such as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, Bridge to Terabithia and Charlotte's Web - all published by HarperCollins and adapted for the big screen by Walden.
The first Walden Pond title will be The Will of Will Wolfkin by Steven Knight, described as a 'sweeping epic fantasy', which is due in autumn 2009.
"Having a single imprint will enable Walden Media to focus their book publishing program and Harper to market and sell the books most effectively," said Susan Katz, president and publisher of HarperCollins Children's Books.
Michael Flaherty, co-founder and president of Walden Media, added: "We've had extraordinary success turning great stories into great films. Walden Pond Press will continue that success on the printed page, delivering Walden's uplifting and entertaining stories to an even wider audience."