Walden Media Adapting Kids Book Series FLAT STANLEY for the Big Screen

     August 9, 2011

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Walden Media has acquired the film rights to the Flat Stanley book series created by late author Jeff Brown in 1964. For those unaware, Flat Stanley centers on the adventures of Stanley Lambchop, a boy who becomes a one-dimensional character after being flattened by a bulletin board that falls from his ceiling. Although Brown’s books have sold more than one million copies worldwide, Flat Stanley has become somewhat of a cult sensation of late thanks to The Flat Stanley Project. Created in 1995 by third-grade teacher Dale Hubert, the project encourages young students to take pictures of themselves with Flat Stanley on their various trips, vacations, etc., as a means of getting them to share their Stanley exploits with their peers across the world.

As for Stanley’s film adaptation, Deadline reports that John Carls will produce the film via his Wild Things Production label. Previously, Carls/Wild Things have produced features such as Where the Wild Things Are and Rango. Reportedly, the plan is for the film to be shot live-action using visual effects as a means of turning Stanley into a one-dimensional character who inhabits a three-dimensional world. Walden Media is currently meeting with filmmakers regarding the pic, although no names are being divulged at this time.

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