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Working Title Acquires Theatrical Rights to Library of ‘Famous Five’ Author Enid Blyton

U.K. production company Working Title has acquired theatrical rights to the library of children’s author Enid Blyton, whose books include “The Famous Five” series.

Working Title plans to launch a live-action franchise based on the books, the company confirmed Friday. Working Title’s Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will produce. The news was first reported in Deadline.

The deal was inked with publisher Hodder, a subsidiary of Hachette, which owns the Blyton estate.

The English writer, who died in 1968, is one of the biggest selling children’s authors of all time with global sales of more than 600 million books.

“The Famous Five” series includes more than 20 novels that follow the vacation adventures of a group of four children and their dog Timmy.

Earlier this month, Old Vic Productions acquired stage rights and is looking to launch a musical version.

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