Companies to develop adaptation of Ransome book

EXCLUSIVE– BBC Films and Harbour Pictures are developing a bigscreen adaptation of author Arthur Ransome’s classic book, “Swallows and Amazons.”

Story, adapted by Andrea Gibb (“Dear Frankie”), is set in the 1930s and follows two sets of youngsters living on opposite sides of a lake in the English Lake District, who sail to an island in the middle to meet up and share adventures.

Tom and Charlie Guard (“The Uninvited”) will direct while Harbour Pictures’ Nick Barton, whose credits include “Calendar Girls” and “Kinky Boots,” will produce.

“Swallows and Amazons” kicked off a popular book series, written in 1930s, that has appealed to generations of children.

The new adaptation will attempt to rediscover the story for a modern family audience.

“It’s a hugely loved novel,” said head of BBC Films Christine Langan. “It’s a period piece and definitely ambitious family entertainment that we’re excited to be working on.”

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