Jeff Brown’s Flat Stanley is set to be made into a film, Deadline reported yesterday.
Walden Media, the studio which adapted another children’s book series The Chronicles of Narnia, has acquired the rights to the story of Stanley Lambchop. The film will be shot in live action, and visual effects will be used to make the titular character one-dimensional. It will be produced by John Carls, who also worked on Where The Wild Things Are and Rango.
The series, which first appeared in 1964, follows protagonist Stanley, who is flattened in the middle of the night by a bulletin board on his wall. The books then recount his adventures, which include acting as a kite for his brother, slipping under doors, folding into envelopes, and even solving an art heist.
Brown’s series also inspired The Flat Stanley Project, which was launched in 1995 by Canadian schoolteacher Dale Hubert. Students write letters to other schoolchildren documenting their travels with their own cut-out Flat Stanley. Celebrities such as Clint Eastwood, Jon Stewart and President Obama have each participated in the Project.