Xilam Animation to adapt Michael Morpurgo novel

Xilam Animation to adapt Michael Morpurgo novel

Xilam Animation has acquired adaptation rights to Michael Morpurgo’s novel Listen to the Moon (HarperCollins Children’s Books).

The production is developing an animation of 10 x 26-minute episodes that will be directed by Jean-Christophe Dessaint. The broadcast title will be ‘Lucy Lost’.

Set at the beginning of the First World War in the Scillies Island, Lucy Lost will follow a fisherman and his teenage son, Alfie, who find an injured girl. Around 11 years old with no memory of who she is, she speaks just a single word before withdrawing into silence: “Lucy”.

Marc du Pontavice, CEO at Xilam Animation, said: “As one of the UK’s favourite storytellers with an award-winning library of bestselling children’s books which are loved all around the world, we feel very privileged to be adapting Michael Morpurgo’s extraordinary story about the power of hope and spiritual strength. Listen to the Moon’satmospheric natural landscapes and enthralling characters lend themselves perfectly to an animated adaption and we’re very much looking forward to seeing this mysterious and epic tale transformed into a new series for families to enjoy together.”  

Set at the beginning of the First World War in the Scillies Island, Lucy Lost will follow a fisherman and his teenage son, Alfie, who find an injured girl. Around 11 years old with no memory of who she is, she only says her name: Lucy.

Xilam acquired the rights directly from Michael Morpurgo, represented by Marc Berlin of Berlin Associates.