Tiger Aspect Productions has optioned mystery novels and computer game Knights and Bikes for an animated TV series.
Written by Gabrielle Kent and illustrated by Rex Crowle & Luke Newell and published by Knights Of, the novels are based on the critically acclaimed video game of the same name by Crowle and Moo Yu.
Tiger Aspect optioned rights to develop Knights and Bikes from creators Foam Sword and Knights Of. The production company, which is know for "Mr Bean", "Charlie and Lola", "Aliens Love Underpants" and "Peaky Blinders", plans to create a Knights and Bikes animated series for 6 – 12 year olds.
Tom Beattie, head of kids and family at Tiger Aspect Productions, said: “Having been a huge fan of Rex and Moo’s previous games, it’s a no brainer for us to develop the world of Knights and Bikes as an animated series. With a funky female duo at its heart, a stunning world to explore and two brilliant books from Knights Of - we’re thrilled to be part of the adventure.”
A hand-painted action adventure, set on an island with a heartwarming friendship at its core, Knights and Bikes sees Demelza dragged out of her everyday life by her new best friend Nessa, on a quest to find legendary treasures and solve ancient mysteries. The duo ride their bikes, solving puzzles and causing accidental mayhem, accompanied by their loyal pet goose Captain Honkers.
Inclusive children’s publisher Knights Of published the first spin-off book by Kent in 2018, with the sequel Knights and Bikes: Rebel Bicycle Club published last month. More books are planned in the series.
Knight Of publisher David Stevens said: "I'm excited that the brilliant world Rex and Moo created, and Gabrielle has expanded, will be bouncing off the page with the brilliant team at Tiger Aspect."
Co-creator Crowle added: “The energy, humour and joy that continually bursts out of TV animation was a large inspiration in creating Knights And Bikes, not just in the way it looks, but also in the themes and tone of the game. It’s a fantastically fun new development for us to be working with Tiger Aspect on a Knights And Bikes animated series, and taking things full-circle. In fact I wonder what future games this series will inspire?!”