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The TFT Guide To... The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This week it was revealed that Eric Carle’s classic children’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is being turned into a film, with the rights going for ‘a seven-figure sum’, according to BBC news online. So good to luck to the screenwriter who has to turn this rather short book into a 105-minute summer blockbuster. But what other children’s classics are being snapped up by film makers?

31 July 2005

1) Tom Hanks announces his decision to play another ‘heartwarming’, two-dimensional simpleton: Bod.

2) An entire nation’s fond childhood memories are smashed into a million pieces as Where The Wild Things Are is turned into a Jim Carrey vehicle.

3) Yet more childhood memories are polluted when the rights to Roger Hargreaves’ The Mr Men (and Little Misses) are bought by Max Hardcore.

4) Barry Hines’ Kes is bought by Hollywood. The story now runs as follows: Billy Casper is at the top of his game as a multi-millionaire international playboy falconer. But when the Mob kidnaps his beloved kestrel, [INSERT DUMB-ASS CAR CHASES AND EXPLOSIONS ‘PLOT’ HERE].

5) The new owner of the rights to The Very Hungry Caterpillar turns out to be Michael Winner. In a controversial reworking of the much-loved book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar becomes a vigilante who hunts down hippy ants after they rape, kill and eat his pupae.



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