The Winter Horses to become film animation

The Winter Horses to become film animation

Philip Kerr’s young adult novel The Winter Horses (Walker Books) is being developed into an animated feature film by Komixx Entertainment.

Entertainment media owner and production company Komixx Entertainment Inc, the US arm of Komixx Media Group, optioned the worldwide rights to The Winter Horses. Its UK-based arm Komixx Entertainment will develop the adaptation at its animation studio in Manchester.

The Winter Horses is an epic tale of a teenage girl’s journey of survival in Ukraine during the Second World War, with two wild Przewalski horses and a hunting dog as her only companions. It was published in the US in 2014 by Alfred A Knopf Books for Young Readers and in the UK by Walker Books in January 2015.

Andrew Cole-Bulgin, joint c.e.o and head of film and television, Komixx Entertainment, said the acquisition was “a fantastic opportunity to take on such a moving story of survival and friendship and create an animation that matches Philip’s passion for story telling”.

Kerr added: "The Winter Horses is a very special book for me and I wanted the film rights to go to an animation company that shared the epic scale of my vision. This is one of the first times that an animated film has dealt with such an uplifting and inspiring story set during the Holocaust, and it was absolutely vital that the film-makers understood how sensitive a subject this is. The directors of Komixx are fully cognisant of the challenges and have proven to me that they also have a real imaginative grasp of the story. I am thrilled to be working with them."

Komixx is already developing several YA projects, including the film adaptation of teen novel, The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles (RHCP).