Deal sealed for new Mr Men movie
A long-anticipated movie starring the Mr Men and Little Miss characters created by Roger Hargreaves has come a step closer after the studio behind Ice Age and Rio signed a deal to make it.
Fox Animation will adapt the much-loved figures - who include Mr Tickle, Mr Bump and Little Miss Chatterbox - for the big screen.
It will be produced by Shawn Levy, who was behind the Night At The Museum series, although no director or writer has been announced.
There has been talk of a film version for several years with Fox indicating in 2011 that an adaptation was on the cards.
Shawn said : ''I loved reading these books as a kid, and now I love reading them to my own kids. Their humour, wit and uniquely specific tone make this a truly classic series. I can't wait to help shepherd them to the big screen.''
The books first went into print in 1971, with 85 characters created over the years, and one of the books in the series is sold every 2.5 seconds around the world.
Roger died in 1988 but his son Adam continued to write more stories.
The characters have previously been brought to life in short TV cartoons, with actor Arthur Lowe - best known as Captain Mainwaring in Dad's Army - providing the voice for many of the animations. He was later succeeded by Geoffrey Palmer.