Robert Stromberg, the director of "Maleficent", has signed on to develop a film adaption of Liz Kessler’s Emily Windsnap series.
Stromberg, who has also won Oscars for his production design work on "Avatar" and "Alice In Wonderland", was hired by producer Reid Shane of Reid Shane Productions. Shane acquired the film rights from Kessler’s agent Catherine Clarke two years ago.
Kessler said the news was “absolutely amazing”. She told The Bookseller: “This is the biggest step in Emily Windsnap the movie becoming a reality. A different company had the film rights for four years before Reid acquired them, so it’s been six years of having the option on the book. This is absolutely wonderful news.”
The Emily Windsnap series is about a girl who finds out she becomes a mermaid when she enters the water. There are six books in the series and the first, The Tail of Emily Windsnap, was published by Orion Children’s Books in 2003.
The series has global sales of 4.4m and the books are particularly popular in the US, which accounts for more than 3.5m of the total sales.
In the UK, the title has sold 157,798 copies for £1.01m, according to Nielsen BookScan.
Kessler is also the author of several other children’s books including the Philippa Fisher series and the YA novel Read Me Like a Book (Orion Children's Books).