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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