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‘Dragonkeeper’ to become an animated film

Carole Wilkinson’s children’s book Dragonkeeper (Black Dog Books) is being adapted into an animated feature film.

The China-Spain co-production was announced at the Beijing Film Festival. It is being produced by Dragoia Media, Movistar+, Atresmedia Cine and China Film Animation, and directed by Spanish director Ignacio Ferraras.

Set in China during the Han Dynasty, the ‘Dragonkeeper’ series tells the story of a slave girl who saves the life of an ageing dragon and escapes her brutal master. The sixth book in the series, Bronze Bird Tower, was published in March this year.

Carole Wilkinson said she was ‘thrilled’ that Dragonkeeper is being adapted into a movie and ‘especially pleased that there is such strong Chinese collaboration, ensuring the most authentic representation of Ancient China’.

Producer Manuel Cristobal said the timing of the adaptation was ideal ‘because of the opening of the Chinese market’.

The film is due to be released in late 2019 or early 2020.


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