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September 21, 2018

"Let the wild rumpus start" — on stage.

The 1963 picture book Where the Wild Things Are is being adapted for an off-Broadway play, The Hollywood Reporter revealed Friday.

The classic Maurice Sendak book follows a character named Max as he ventures to a wild jungle after being sent to bed without supper. He meets wild beasts, befriends them, becomes king, enjoys a quick rumpus with his new Wild Thing pals, then heads back to his bedroom. The book was previously adapted into a 2009 live action film directed by Spike Jonze.

Though Sendak died in 2012, the Maurice Sendak Foundation is commissioning the new play for development by New York's New Victory Theater. There's no set date for the production yet, but Sendak's friend and collaborator Arthur Yorinks has joined the project to adapt the script. Read more at The Hollywood Reporter. Summer Meza

February 4, 2016

The rights to all 54 Magic Tree House books have been purchased by Lionsgate, with plans for a live-action movie series, Entertainment Weekly reports. The children's books by Mary Pope Osborne have sold over 130 million copies worldwide; the stories follow the travels of siblings Jack and Annie through time and space.

The first film is based primarily on the 29th book in the series, Christmas in Camelot, in which Jack and Annie rediscover the eponymous time-traveling magic tree house after growing older.

"We're always looking for magical worlds to expand into potential motion picture franchises, and this is an iconic property that is beloved and recognizable around the world. The Magic Tree House books have been cherished by generations of readers, including my own children. We're thrilled to bring the genius of Mary Pope Osborne's iconic stories to the screen for their tens of millions of fans and to introduce a whole new audience to their magic," Lionsgate co-president Erik Feig said in a statement.

Lionsgate has had great success adapting other books aimed at children and young adults, including the Hunger Games and the Divergent series. Jeva Lange

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