Zachary Levi, the star of Shazam!, will star in a live-action adaptation of Harold and the Purple Crayon for Sony Pictures. Published in 1955 by Crockett Johnson, Harold and the Purple Crayon is a children’s book that follows an imaginative four-year-old who can craft the world around him through the power of his purple crayon. The book was a massive hit for Johnson, which spawned six more installments and inspired a few animated shorts and television series, but never a live-action feature.
The beloved children’s book is finally getting the silver screen treatment it deserves, and Zachary Levi is attached to star, per THR. Screenwriters David Guion and Michael Handelman, whose past credits both include Dinner for Schmucks and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, will be tasked with adapting the best-selling book to the screen. Since the subject of the story is a 4-year-old boy, it is difficult to speculate what role Levi, a 40-year-old actor, will play.
Harold and The Purple Crayon has been highly sought after for years, as many filmmakers have tried to adapt the children’s book to the screen and failed during production, including Steven Spielberg, Spike Jonze, and Will Smith. Children's books have had a tough track record recently in terms of movie adaptations, but they have also been the inspiration behind some of the most popular films of all time, such as The Wizard of Oz. The writers attached to the project already have some success adapting a children’s book to the screen in Milan Trenc’s The Night at the Museum, so Sony’s project seems to be off to a good start.
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