Production Company Beloved Pictures has acquired rights to N.D. Wilson's children's fantasy trilogy, "100 Cupboards." The best-selling books, "100 Cupboards," "Dandelion Fire," and "The Chestnut King," were all released by Random House. The deal was negotiated by Beloved Pictures CEO Michael Ludlum and President Caleb Applegate with Aaron Rench, Wilson's Agent. They plan on producing the films in association with Rench and Wilson's film shingle, Gorilla Poet Productions.
The trilogy chronicles the incredible journeys of Henry York, who discovers that the old Kansas farmhouse he calls home harbors mysterious cupboards leading to worlds and dangers beyond his imagination. Surrounded by his quirky Uncle Frank and lovable Aunt Dotty, along with cousins Henrietta, Penelope, and Anastasia, Henry discovers his true self in the struggle against the deathless and once-imprisoned evil he has unwittingly unleashed into the worlds.
"This is truly one of the most outstanding works of fiction our company has ever had the pleasure to read," said Ludlum. "Wilson is an incredible writer with an imagination that knows no bounds. We are thrilled to help shepherd this instant classic to the screen, and believe it will garner the same type of fan loyalty and passion as other successful book-to-film brands."
Of the deal, Wilson said, "I should be nervous, handing my stories off to producers, but I'm actually thrilled. Beloved's enthusiasm for the books makes me confident that these projects are in the right hands."
Beloved Pictures is currently teaming up with Mpower Pictures on the recently announced co-production of the C.S. Lewis classic, The Great Divorce
, to be adapted by N.D. Wilson.
Beloved Pictures was founded in 2007, and is managed by Michael Ludlum, Caleb Applegate, and Robert Abramoff.