Fox acquires Munro Leaf’s “Story of Ferdinand”

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Ferdinand The Bull

Fer­di­nand The Bull

It’s no bull: Fox Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios has acquired the rights to the 1936 children’s book The Story of Fer­di­nand, by author Munro Leaf and illus­tra­tor Robert Law­son, with plans to make it a CGI fea­ture film.

Car­los Sal­danha, a direc­tor on all three Ice Age movies and the forth­com­ing Rio, appears to be devel­op­ing the project to direct, New York Mag­a­zine reported Friday.

This year marks the 75th anniver­sary of the book, which Dis­ney turned into the Oscar-winning short Fer­di­nand The Bull in 1938. For those who have for­got­ten, Fer­di­nand is a quiet, peace­ful young bull who only wants to stop and smell the flow­ers. But when he is stung by a bee, the towns­peo­ple believe he is fero­cious and take him to the bull­fight ring.

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