New Regency on Grimm

Film will be based on series' first three books

Josephson Entertainment and New Regency Prods. have acquired author Michael Buckley’s children’s book series “The Sisters Grimm.” Barry Josephson will produce.

Pic will be based on the first three books in the projected nine-volume series; four are available in 15 languages and have sold more than half a million copies. Story weaves the tale of orphaned sisters Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, descendants of the Brothers Grimm, on a quest to find their parents.

“We had a lot of people who were interested, but it didn’t seem like there was anybody who could actually get it made,” said Buckley of the deal. “And I didn’t want to hand the books over and let them sit. Also, I wanted to find people who could make a movie that a parent could enjoy as well as a kid.”

“People all over the world have grown up with Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and we see this as a huge family adventure franchise,” said VP of entertainment Danica Radovanov. Creative executive Alexander F. Young brought the project to the company.

Josephson Entertainment is in pre-production with “They Came From Upstairs.” Barry Josephson will produce Disney’s upcoming “Enchanted,” the Kevin Lima-helmed live-action meets animation pic starring Patrick Dempsey, Amy Adams and Susan Sarandon.

Upcoming New Regency releases include the Doug Liman-helmed “Jumper,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” and “Starship Dave” with Eddie Murphy.

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