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Fulwell73 options Cresswell’s Moondial

Moondial was first published in 1987

UK indie Fulwell73 is adapting a children’s book by British author Helen Cresswell as a TV series.

Moondial, a children’s fantasy novel, revolves around a young girl who comes across a moondial that allows her to time travel. As a result, she meets two children who live in the Victorian era and becomes determined to help them.

Previously adapted as a children’s TV series for UK pubcaster the BBC in the 1980s, the book is now being reimagined for modern audiences as a high-end fantasy drama

Fulwell73 has partnered with independent studio Wiip to develop the series, with screenwriter Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Race to Witch Mountain) penning the adaptation and exec producing. Leo Pearlman, Jeff Grosvenor and Heather Greenwood exec produce for Fulwell73, with Paul Lee and Nne Ebong doing the same for Wiip.

Fulwell73 partner Pearlman said: “Moondial is an incredibly uplifting and important story, which illustrates the importance of valuing people for who they are, not what they look like or where they come from – a message ever more pertinent given the world we’re all now living in.

“Matt Lopez’s track record writing action-adventure stories in the realms of magic make him a great fit for Moondial, and we’re delighted to have him on board to adapt it as a premium TV franchise.”

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