Film deal for Blyton's Faraway Tree

Film deal for Blyton's Faraway Tree

Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree books are to be made into a film by British production company Neal Street Productions.

The company has optioned all four books in the series – The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree, The Folk of the Faraway Tree, and Up The Faraway Tree – for development from the Enid Blyton Estate, which was acquired by Hachette UK in 2012.

It will be the first time the books have been made into a film.

Marlene Johnson, head of the Enid Blyton Estate, said: "Enid Blyton was a passionate advocate of children's storytelling, and The Magic Faraway Tree is a fantastic example of her creative imagination. It's a much loved title, so we're very excited to announce we've signed an option agreement for development of The Magic Faraway Tree film with Neal Street Productions. Many generations have grown up with The Magic Faraway Tree and today's news provides a great chance to share the wonder of these stories through a new medium."

Neal Street Productions' Pippa Harris said: "The Magic Faraway Tree is one of the most loved children's books series from an iconic author whose work has been adored by generations. To be able to adapt these for the big screen is incredibly exciting."

Neal Street Productions' films include "Starter For Ten" and "Jarhead", and its theatre arm is behind the current West End musical "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory".