Paramount is developing a live-action version of “The Trumpet of the Swan,” E.B. White’s final children’s book, for Jordan Kerner to produce.
Katie Ford, who co-wrote “Miss Congeniality,” has been tapped to pen the project, which will include CGI animation.
The book, written in 1970, tells the story of a trumpeter swan named Louis who’s born without a voice. His father steals a trumpet from a music store to help his son, who travels far from home to right this wrong, finds his voice and woos the swan of his dreams.
White also wrote “Stuart Little” in 1945 and “Charlotte’s Web” in 1952. Par-based Kerner has been developing a live-action/CGI adaptation of the latter for the studio since last fall, with Susannah Grant (“Erin Brockovich”) scripting.
Kerner Entertainment production head Paul Neesan will exec produce and supervise development of “Swan.”
“Rarely does one get the chance to honor the work of a clear American voice,” Kerner said. “E.B. White is a hero of mine. This story is timeless. Louis will go on a grand journey of self-discovery in the human world. For any of us who have had to struggle to find our own destiny, this story will have deep resonance.”
Ford, who’s collaborated with Kerner previously, said she was attracted to the project due to the story’s humanity and irreverence. She’s repped by Rogers Hartman and managed by Susan Landau; CAA reps Kerner Entertainment.
Columbia’s “Stuart Little” was a surprise hit with $140 million domestic box office following its 1999 release; “Stuart Little 2” generated $65 million in 2002.
TriStar’s animated version of “Trumpet of the Swan” generated $269,656 in a limited 2001 theatrical release before going to video.