Briefly: Captain Underpants to become feature film

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Captain Underpants

Cap­tain Underpants

Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion has obtained the rights to Dav Pilkey’s Cap­tain Under­pants book series, with plans to pur­sue a fea­ture film adap­ta­tion for the big screen, the stu­dio announced Thursday.

DWA devel­op­ment exec­u­tive Damon Ross is over­see­ing the project at the studio.

The Cap­tain Under­pants book series tells the story of two mis­chie­vous kids, George Beard and Harold Hutchins, who hyp­no­tize their school prin­ci­pal and turn him into their comic book cre­ation, Cap­tain Underpants.

This is a joy­ous day for the count­less Cap­tain Under­pants fans at our stu­dio,” said DWA chief cre­ative offi­cer Bill Dam­aschke. “We are thrilled that Dav has decided the time is right to turn his beloved prop­erty into a movie, and we look for­ward to bring­ing the great­est Waist­band War­rior of all time to the big screen at Dream­Works Animation!”

I never wanted to do a Cap­tain Under­pants movie in the past because, frankly, I wor­ried that a movie might not be able to prop­erly con­vey what I was try­ing to do with the books. Then I saw How To Train Your Dragon and the Kung Fu Pandamovies. I loved the sub­tle way that moral­ity and per­sonal respon­si­bil­ity were han­dled in these very funny and excit­ing adven­tures. I felt that Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion would be the per­fect home for Cap­tain Under­pants,” added Pilkey.

Scholas­tic first launched the Cap­tain Under­pants book series in Sep­tem­ber 1997, and there are over 50 mil­lion Pilkey books in print in the United States alone. Eight Cap­tain Under­pants books have been pub­lished in 19 coun­tries, and sev­eral have debuted at #1 on var­i­ous best-seller lists, includ­ing the New York Times and USA Today.

Some of Pilkey’s other work has been adapted into ani­mated TV series.

In 2005, Cana­dian, Ger­man and South Korean stu­dios co-produced Dragon, a stop-action clay ani­ma­tion series based on his series of children’s books of the same name.

Nel­vana Lim­ited and sev­eral other stu­dios came together in 1999 to pro­duce The Dumb Bun­nies, based on Pilkey’s orig­i­nal book.

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