THOMAS AND FRIENDS chugging along into theaters
Thomas the Train Engine has been entertaining children and adults alike since 1943, when Wilbert Awdry concocted his first train-themed story for his bedridden boy, Christopher, who had the measles. Wilbert used his various memories of train engines (he grew up next to train tracks) to inspire story after story, aimed at entertaining his sickly child. From there, the stories evolved into a hit book, and then into a hit children's television show.
Though the franchise is quite aged by now, it still captures the imagination of children all across the world. In 2000, THOMAS AND THE MAGIC RAILROAD (starring Alec Baldwin as the Conductor) hit theaters, making $19,748,009 worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. I would say that was quite a success, and in Hollywood, when a film becomes a success, it begs for a follow-up. It's been about 10 years since that THOMAS film dazzled children on the big screen, but today news has come out that THOMAS AND FRIENDS will be headed back.
Josh Klausner (SHREK THE THIRD) is already fast at work, penning the screenplay for the next THOMAS film. Julia Pistor, the head of HIT Movies, is producing the film. HIT Movies owns the rights to not only THOMAS AND FRIENDS, but also to BOB THE BUILDER and BARNEY. So, this children's film isn't the only one in the planning stage, it's just the first one to be made. It won't be long before we see BOB THE BUILDER or BARNEY on the big screen, as HIT Movies was created specifically to bring these projects to theaters.
Here is what Pistor had to say about the great THOMAS franchise:
"'Thomas & Friends' is a phenomenally successful and versatile brand that appeals to children and families worldwide... Generations of children have grown up with the adventures of 'Thomas & Friends' with its storytelling tradition, positive values, timeless lessons and rich train history. We look forward to working with Josh Klausner to translate the classic 'Thomas & Friends' stories into a thrilling, big, modern adventure movie."
Are you excited about a new THOMAS film?
Source Movie Hole