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Carlos Saldanha to Direct Children’s Novel ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’

While its nothing new for books to be turned into movies, some of them equal box office success like the Harry Potter series. Some of them, as awesome as the book is, don’t end up translating into book office gold, cough cough A Wrinkle in Time. But as long as books are still popular and provide a great story they will be made into movies. The Hollywood Reporter got the news that the newest book to be turned into a movie is theThe Phantom Tollbooth 1961 children’s novel The Phantom Tollbooth.

For those of you unfamiliar with the novel, the book was written in 1961 by author Norton Juster and follows the story of  a bored young boy named Milo who unexpectedly receives a magic tollbooth one afternoon and ends up driving through it in his toy car. This causes him to be transported to the once prosperous but now troubled, Kingdom of Wisdom. There, he acquires two faithful companions and goes on a quest to restore to the kingdom its exiled princesses, Rhyme and Reason, from the Castle in the Air.

As far as the director for the movie, Carlos Saldanha has been tapped to direct the movie. Saldanha has directed animated movies such as Rio and the Ice Age animated movies and most recently the critically acclaimed animated movie Ferdinand. This will be his first live action movie to date. As far as producers for the movie, Donald De Line and Ed McDonnell have been tapped to produce. When it comes to writing for the movie, the current draft was written by Ted Melfi, who wrote the award winning Hidden Figures movie. The movie has been on TriStar Pictures production list since last year but looks to get rolling by next year.

So what do you think? Are you excited for the book to movie version of The Phantom Tollbooth? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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