Working Title Acquires Enid Blyton’s “Famous Five” Franchise

By Kitin Miranda | 3 years ago
Working Title Acquires Enid Blyton’s “Famous Five” Franchise
Blue plaque for Enid Blyton near Dulwich Library. May 15, 2010. Wikimedia Commons/Ash

Everybody’s favorite English children’s author, Enid Blyton, has left behind a legacy that has continued until today.  According to Deadline, Working Title Films, a British film production company, has acquired the theatrical rights to the entire library of her “Famous Five” series. Read on to learn more about the brand-new adventure.

Enid Blyton, one of the most famous English authors of children’s books, was born in 1897 and passed away in November 1968 at the age of 71. She has penned around 600 or more children’s books ever since the publication of her first book in 1922, “The Child Whispers.”  She is the creator of some of the most beloved characters and book series in English children’s literature, such as “Noddy,” “The Famous Five,” “The Secret Seven,” “The Adventurous Four” and “The Adventure Series.”

Among these, Working Title will be creating a live-action franchise of  “The Famous Five” books, one of the most popular and well-loved series in her large collection of work. “The Famous Five” books center around siblings Julian, Dick, Anne, their cousin George, and her dog Timmy. The five usually ends up getting involved in one adventure or another, bringing along some relatives and new friends along with them to join the fun. The first adventure that featured them was “Five on a Treasure Island,” which was published in 1942. Since that time, the quintet has appeared in twenty-one adventure novels, a television series, a board game and several sequels.

Working Title is no stranger in creating children’s films and franchises, as they have had family friendly films such as “Nanny McPhee,” “Johnny English,” and “Mr. Bean’s Holiday” under their belt.

What is your favorite Enid Blyton series? Would you want to see “The Famous Five” in action? Let us know what you think by posting your comments below!

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Kitin Miranda enjoys writing, learning new things, telling stories, and doing theater. When she is not busy with her many projects, she can be found reading a good book, writing poetry or fiction, updating her blog, discovering new food places around her neighborhood, or watching American or Asian TV shows.