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‘The Bad Guys’ feature film in development with DreamWorks

DreamWorks Animation has begun development on a feature animated film based on Aaron Blabey’s illustrated chapter book series The Bad Guys (Scholastic).

Foundation Media Partners and Northside Services negotiated the deal for the rights to Blabey’s book series, and writer Etan Cohen is slated to write the adaptation. Cohen has written screenplays for live-action comedies such as Tropic Thunder, Get Hard and the upcoming Holmes & Watson, and he has also worked on animated shows King of the Hill and American Dad!.

Blabey, who will serve as an executive producer on the film, told Books+Publishing that Cohen’s adaptation is looking ‘absolutely brilliant’.

Blabey’s series has around 2.5 million books in print, and has spent 17 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Combined with his other books in the ‘Pig the Pug’ series and Thelma the Unicorn, Blabey now has more than five million books in print worldwide.


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