Boxcar Children Movie Series in the Works

Coming Soon recently reported that Shout! Factory and Legacy Classics are partnering to develop multiple family films based on best-selling classic and contemporary children’s book series.  The first film in talks to be produced as part of this deal is based on The Boxcar Children.  Continue reading for more details.

Here are the details about the partnership and specifically what it means for The Boxcar Children movies moving forward.

“The broad-ranging partnership will see Shout! Factory and Legacy Classics jointly develop, produce and market new animated features and live-action family movies for entertainment distribution. Legacy Classics will leverage their extensive relationships with publishers and authors, and bring hands-on production experience and marketing support for future film productions. Shout! Factory will co-produce these films with Legacy Classics and handle the sales and distribution for each movie across all platforms in North America, including theatrical, digital, broadcast, inflight and home entertainment through Shout! Factory Films and Shout! Factory Kids.

Aiming for a minimum of four feature-length movies over the first two years, Legacy Classics and Shout! Factory are launching their partnership with not just one animated Boxcar Children movie, but three. Working closely with publisher Albert Whitman & Company, the plan is to have the first Boxcar Children movie timed to the series’ 75th Anniversary in 2019.”

The Boxcar Children is a best-selling children series that includes 150 books and has sold over 70 million copies worldwide.  The series was written by Gertrude Chandler Warner and “tells the story of four orphaned children, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny. They create a home for themselves in an abandoned boxcar in the forest. They eventually meet their grandfather, who is a wealthy and kind man (although the children had believed him to be cruel). The children decide to live with the grandfather, who moves the beloved boxcar to his backyard so the children can use it as a playhouse.” (Wikipedia)

“We are thrilled about this new opportunity with Legacy Classics, an innovative production company that has emerged as a major creative force in family entertainment. We share the same entrepreneurial vision that bodes well for the success of this collaboration,” said Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos.

“This is exciting news for family entertainment,” adds Melissa Boag, Senior Vice President of Kids & Family Entertainment at Shout! Factory. “Legacy Classics, Dan and Mark have had extraordinary success in turning great stories into captivating family films. This new partnership makes strategic sense for both companies. We look forward to working closely with Legacy Classics in creating a pipeline of new family-friendly films for distribution across a wide variety of entertainment platforms.”

“We are excited to be working with Shout! Factory,” says  Dan Chuba of Legacy Classics. “Our films will be based on some of the most cherished books in children’s literature. Shout’s on-going success with family entertainment and their entrepreneurial spirit make them an ideal partner. Together, we are committed to creating family entertainment that has a positive social impact on children and families around the world. We could not be happier!”

There is always an audience for quality children/family entertainment and The Boxcar children is certainly a well-known property.  I’d be interested to learn what other books within the Legacy Classics catalog are being eyed for big screen adaptations as part of this deal.  What are your thoughts on animated movies based on The Boxcar Children?  Are there any specific stories you’d like to see adapted?

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