Author Donald J. Sobol’s boy detective is about to be featured on the big screen. Warner Bros. is in negotiations to pick up the movie rights for the classic children’s’ book series Encyclopedia Brown, THR is reporting.
The books followed the adventures of Leroy—nicknamed “Encyclopedia” in response to his wealth of knowledge—Brown, child detective extraordinaire and son of the local police chief. The adaptation will be produced by Roy Lee and Howard David Deutsch.
This is not the first time Brown will be adapted for the screen: in 1989 Deutsch, who has controlled the screen rights since 1979, produced a short run of the Encyclopedia Brown TV series for HBO. Warner Bros. reportedly attempted to put together a movie in the ‘80s starring Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn. Robert Luketic was attached to an early 2000s version.
As we wait for more developments, let’s hope this current attempt at a Brown film is more successful than its predecessors.