Adapting children’s stories into hit animated movies has certainly been effective in the past, especially for Dreamworks who saw a massive new franchise thanks to How To Train Your Dragon. Now with the revived Fox Animation Studios, the division of 20th Century is certainly looking for a big hit that will certainly please audiences. And it seems that the possible hit has just hit book shelves today.
THR reports that Fox Animation has picked up The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom to adapt and big to the big screen at an undetermined date. The 432 page novel from first time author Christopher Healy crosses over multiple princes and princesses from fairy tale lore and bringing the four conquering male heroes from each story together in a sequel-like plot.
No writer nor director have been hired for the project yet, but Peter Chermin and Dylan Clark (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) will be producing.
Here is the official description of the book:
Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You’ve never heard of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as Prince Charming. But all of this is about to change. Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Gustav stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. Now it’s up to them to triumph over their various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other assorted terrors, and become the heroes no one ever thought they could be.
Debut author Christopher Healy takes us on a journey with four imperfect princes and their four improbable princesses, all of whom are trying to become perfect heroes—a fast-paced, funny, and fresh introduction to a world where everything, even our classic fairy tales, is not at all what it seems.