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Harold and His Purple Crayon getting their own CGI feature

02.26.2010
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Fifteen years after Spike Jonze thought about bringing HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON to life, it appears the film is finally on its way to being made, though Jonze and his former vision are nowhere to be found.

Rather, the book will be adapated a CGI feature (NOT a live-action hybrid, thank god), and the script has been written (by DEEP IMPACT’s Michael Tolkin) and re-written (by SHREK THE THIRD’s Josh Klausner), and the tone is said to be similar to A NEVERENDING STORY.

Not a bad start. For those of you who had a neglected childhood, in the story, Harold uses his purple crayon to create fantasy worlds all his own, and in the movie, he does the same, but realizes he’s being to selfish with his crayon, and starts using it to help his friends and family as well.

This is one kids movie concept I can actually get behind. It’s one of the more creative books I encountered in my childhood, and has the potential for a hell of a lot of cool animated adventures. I’d almost like to see Pixar take the reigns here, but at least it’s being handled by Sony Animated and not Dreamworks, lest Harold be transformed into some sort of smirking animal.

Extra Tidbit: I want a Berenstain Bears movie with actual bears.
Source: Pajiba

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10:16PM on 02/26/2010
By far my favorite book as a child. It completed influenced my going into the art field.
By far my favorite book as a child. It completed influenced my going into the art field.
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8:24PM on 02/26/2010
If James Gandolfini isn't one of the characters then I'm not watching it.
If James Gandolfini isn't one of the characters then I'm not watching it.
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7:27PM on 02/26/2010
While you wasted your childhood reading this filth, I spent it reading about dinosaurs.
While you wasted your childhood reading this filth, I spent it reading about dinosaurs.
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10:55PM on 02/26/2010
Dinosaurs are the single most bad ass thing this planet has ever seen.
Dinosaurs are the single most bad ass thing this planet has ever seen.
5:06PM on 02/26/2010
I feel heartless right now because I don't ever recall reading this book and I always call it THE NEVERENDING BORING. Man, I've hated that film.
I feel heartless right now because I don't ever recall reading this book and I always call it THE NEVERENDING BORING. Man, I've hated that film.
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2:43PM on 02/26/2010

Can't wait

All of you haters of this book and the idea of a movie can all just go jog off. I am very excited for this and can't wait to see what happens next. Do it at Pixar too, like the other poster said
All of you haters of this book and the idea of a movie can all just go jog off. I am very excited for this and can't wait to see what happens next. Do it at Pixar too, like the other poster said
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1:47PM on 02/26/2010

Awesome!

My kids loved these books (have 3...were there more?). The concept was always fun and interesting. It should only be done in animation, so great new there.

Finally, some positive news out of Hollywood!
My kids loved these books (have 3...were there more?). The concept was always fun and interesting. It should only be done in animation, so great new there.

Finally, some positive news out of Hollywood!
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