Netflix has optioned the rights to New York Times bestselling book series Ivy & Bean and will adapt into family films one-hour in length. The series comprises of 12 books, written by Annie Barrows and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Kathy Waugh (Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, Molly of Denali) is writing the movies.
Ivy & Bean follows two unlikely friends: the loud and fearless Bean, and the thoughtful and quiet Ivy. Yet the two discover that an adventure can reveal that even seemingly different people can become the best of friends.
“With a 1-hour run-time, the Ivy & Bean film series will still very much be movies the whole family can enjoy. Safe, fun and elevated comedy-adventures, they also have the wonderful benefit of giving the youngest members of the family an opportunity to see themselves as the star of their own story”, said Naketha Mattocks, Netflix’s Director Family Features.
Lionsgate TV-backed Kindle Entertainment is producing the movie series.