Twentieth Century Fox Animation is developing Jennifer Weiner’s children’s book “The Littlest Bigfoot” as a movie, with Chris Bender and Jake Weiner producing through Good Fear Film.
“The Littlest Bigfoot” center on a pair of 12-year-old girls — one human, one Bigfoot — both desperately out of place in their own worlds, but who find each other and fight to keep the hidden Bigfoot world safe. The book — the first in a trilogy — was published earlier this week by Aladdin Books (a division of Simon & Schuster).
Weiner is currently writing the next installment, “Little Bigfoot, Big City,” coming November of 2017.
“I loved writing this book, and spending time with these three misfit kids who discover their own worth,” Weiner said. “I couldn’t ask for a better partner than Fox in bringing their story to the big screen.”
Andrea Miloro will oversee the project for Fox Animation. Weiner’s “In Her Shoes” was adapted by Fox into a 2005 film starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine.
Bender and Jake Weiner formed Good Fear this summer after dissolving BenderSpink, which Bender formed 18 years ago with J.C. Spink. Good Fear is also developing “Under the Lake,” starring Andrew Garfield and Dakota Johnson.
“Jen has made a career writing novels about adults that feel like outsiders, but eventually grow and become comfortable in their own skin and find happiness on their own terms. She has now done the same for children of all ages, creating a world with two unlikely heroines that kids will relate to,” the producers said. “Jen wrote this book for her daughters, and as we both have daughters, too, we are thrilled to be on board.”
Weiner’s other novels include “Good in Bed,” “Who Do You Love,” “Goodnight Nobody,” and “Fly Away Home.”
Joe Weiner of Miloknay Weiner, Joanna Pulcini of Joanna Pulcini Literary Management, and Good Fear represent Jennifer Weiner. Allison Binder of Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher represents Good Fear.