Lionsgate has purchased the movie rights to the Magic Tree House series of children's books. The series, written by Mary Pope Osborne has plenty of content and a lot of popularity. She has written 54 volumes in the series, which have been translated into 35 languages. Over 130 million books in the series have been sold. Given the popularity of the series, as long as Lionsgate does it right, they should have a series of world wide hits.
The series follows the adventures of siblings Jack and Annie who as you can imagine, find a magical tree house and a collection of books that can transport them through history.
Mary Pope Osborne's husband, Will Osborne, along with Jenny Laird, has already written the script for the first movie. It will be mostly based on book 29, Christmas in Camelot. The movie will have the brother and sister duo, having outgrown the tree house, rediscovering it and being beckoned to Camelot to be its saviors.
The author will also be executive producer on the movie series and seems excited to be working with Lionsgate.
"Lionsgate has an impressive reputation for working closely with content creators, respecting and protecting their vision, and making them part of the creative process," said Osborne. "I'm thrilled to have partnered with them on bringing the Magic Tree House books to life in a series of films that kids, parents and grandparents will all get to enjoy together."
This is not the first time that the books series has come to life. Before writing the script, Will Osborne and Randy Courts created a musical, aptly titled Magic Tree House: The Musical as well as a planetarium show for the Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill, NC called Magic Treehouse: Space Mission. The press release did not state when the moving would go into actual production or any time frame for a release date.