Doheny mad for ‘Scientist’

Benton's children's book headed for bigscreen

East of Doheny is concocting a feature toon with the Gotham Group based on the “Franny K. Stein: Mad Scientist” children’s book series.

East of Doheny optioned Jim Benton’s series about a quirky girl scientist for the bigscreen, and founder Kelly Gonda will produce the first installment with Tracey Trench. Gotham prexy-CEO and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein will exec produce with Julie Kane-Ritsch and Benton.

Simon & Schuster has published six volumes in the series, with the seventh installment slated for next year.

“We were immediately attracted to Franny’s hilarious, quirky girl mad scientist and the stories’ positive themes,” Gonda said. “Franny’s stories are essentially about being yourself and maintaining your individuality in a world that pushes for conformity.”

East of Doheny is prepping an adaptation of Wendelin Van Draanen’s young-adult novel “Flipped,” by Nora and Delia Ephron. Company is producing “Grey Gardens” on Broadway.

The Gotham Group is producing a bigscreen adaptation of “The Spiderwick Chronicles” for Paramount’s Nickelodeon banner and is exec producer on Aardman Animations’ smallscreen “Creature Comforts” for the Eye.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety