Fox and Disney have reportedly acquired the screen rights to the Chris Van Allsburg children’s book, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.

What’s happening:

  • Deadline is reporting that Fox and Disney have acquired the rights to the children’s book, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. 
  • The book by was written by Chris Van Allsburg whose notable children’s books include Jumanji, The Polar Express, and Zathura.
  • According to reports, the story will be adapted for the big screen by Darren Lemke (Goosebumps, Shazam), with Mike Weber, Bill Teitler and Ted Field serving as producers.
  • Chris Van Allsburg will be involved as an executive producer.
  • Many details about the film remain a secret, however as with Van Allsburg’s other stories, the plot will revolve around the main protagonist learning about a fantastical world.

About the story:

  • A young boy named Alan tries to rescue Miss Hester’s dog, Fritz from the great magician Abdul Gasazi when Fritz accidentally runs off into the forbidden garden of Abdul Gasazi.

Did you know?:

  • Van Allsburg was awarded the Caldecott Honor medal for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.