Studio grabs feature rights to kids' book

Sony Pictures Animation has nabbed feature rights to Janet Foxley’s “Muncle Trogg.”

Project marks the first acquisition for Sony Animation’s prexy of production Michelle Raimo-Kouyate since her appointment earlier this year. Bob Osher, prexy of Sony Pictures Digital Prods., made the announcement along with Raimo-Kouyate on Thursday.

“Muncle Trogg” follows a fairytale community living in a volcano hidden from human beings. Book is published by the Chicken House in the U.K. and Australia, and will hit Stateside bookselves next spring via the Chicken House-Scholastic imprint.

“Strong characters, relatable themes, a unique world and tons of inherent comedy: As soon as I read ‘Muncle Trogg,’ I knew this would speak to the kinds of animated movies I want to make at Sony Pictures Animation,” Raimo-Kouyate said.

Jane Startz will exec produce, along with co-producer, Kane Lee, VP of Jane Startz Prods.

Next up for Sony Animation is live-action/toon hybrid “The Smurfs,” bowing July 29, followed by its slate of toons, which includes “Hotel Transylvania” and “Arthur Christmas.”

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