Rumer Godden’s Holly and Ivy Story Will Be Made into a Movie
“Rugrats” co-creator Gábor Csupó is set to direct a feature-length adaptation of Rumer Godden’s classic Christmas children’s book “The Holly and Ivy Story.”
“Lonely young Ivy runs away from her orphanage this Christmas, while feisty but unsold doll Holly waits in her toy store window for the child who will give meaning to her existence,” reads the official logline. . “When their paths cross and their quest to be together unfolds, a surprising array of Christmas wishes from many struggling people come true.”
Kosmo Films’ Sebastian Weiland and Nina Gwyn Weiland have acquired the film rights and will produce the feature. Nina Gwyn Weiland wrote the screen adaptation with “A Wrinkle in Time” writer Jeff Stockwell, who will also serve as executive producer.
Dylan Russell and Stone Village Films will also produce while Germany-based Medienfördergesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (MFG) will provide development funding.
The shooting of the film is planned in the German studios in the Black Forest in the winter of 2023.
“I am very happy to be part of this project, and especially to reunite with my favorite writer Jeff Stockwell,” said Csupó. “The book, on which the film is based, tells a very moving, wonderful and heartbreaking story. We will do our best to do justice to the original material by trying to make a strong artistic statement when we bring it to the big screen. We share the same vision of the film and aim to make an unforgettable and eternal holiday family photo.
Stockwell added: “It’s a holiday treat with ingredients I can’t resist: Rumer Godden’s tried-and-true Christmas fondant; Nina and Sebastian’s infectious enthusiasm for the project; Gabor’s ever-bubbly visionary energy and just the right amount of forward-thinking and eccentric – and another chance to satisfy my lifelong love for finding and nurturing the spirit of a great children’s story.