CBS Films has begun development on “Corduroy,” based on the classic children’s novel, with “Ride Along” helmer Tim Story in negotiations to direct.
Based on the Don Freeman book, the story follows a department store teddy bear who goes on an adventure to relocate his lost button so that he can ultimately find the home and the friend that he’s always wanted.
Corduroy has sold tens of millions of copies and is a fixture on “greatest children’s books” lists, among them the New York Public Library’s 100 Great Children’s Books From the Last 100 Years and Parents Magazine’s All-Time Best Books for Children. The book has reportedly seen a resurgence in recent years with sales rising 30% since 2009.
No writer is currently attached to project. Mark Ross and Alex Ginno are overseeing the project for CBS Films.
Story most recently helmed “Ride Along 2” after directing the original box office hit. He’s also the director behind the “Think Like the Man” franchise. His other credits include “Fantastic Four,” starring Chris Evans, and “Barbershop.”
He is repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham.