Ireland (July 19, 2018) – BAFTA nominated comedian Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Despicable Me) and SAG nominated actress Paula Patton (Warcraft: The Beginning, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Precious) have joined two-time Academy Award winner Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules, The Dark Knight, Youth), and Emmy nominated Matthew Goode (Netflix’s “The Crown”, The Imitation Game, The Good Wife, PBS’ “Downton Abbey”) in the family action adventure film Four Kids And It directed by BAFTA Award nominee Andy De Emmony (Channel 4’s “Father Ted”, West Is West), it was announced today.
The children at the center of the family adventure are played by Ashley Aufderheide (Infinitely Polar Bear, Going in Style) and Teddie Malleson-Allen (Swallows and Amazons, BBC’s “Cider with Rosie”) who play two 13 year-old girls alongside Billy Jenkins (Netflix’s “The Crown”, AMC’s “Humans”) and theatrical performer Ellie-Mae Siame who play their younger siblings.
Principal photography began on July 16th on location in Ireland. Produced by Dan Films’ Julie Baines and Kindle Entertainment’s Anne Brogan, the screenplay is written by Simon Lewis adapted from the novel “Four Children and It” by best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson. Additional writing is provided by Mark Oswin. Jwanwat Ahriyavraromp serves as executive producer on the film. 13 Films’ Tannaz Anisi and Gregory R. Schenz also serve as executive producers alongside Geraldine East. Paul Donovan of the Irish production company Deadpan Pictures and Dan Films’ Jonathan Taylor serve as co-producers.
The film is being fully financed by Dr. Jwanwat Ahriyavraromp of T&B Media Global.
13 Films is handling worldwide distribution rights for the film.
Four Kids and It is the fun, family action adventure story of four children who are horrified to learn that their beach holiday is in fact a bonding trip with their potential future step siblings engineered by new couple Alice (Patton) and David (Goode). During an argument, they accidently find a Psammead, a magical, sandy, grumpy creature called IT who can grant them one wish a day – only to see the wish cancelled as soon as the sun sets. The kids must learn to work together and choose their wishes wisely after an evil villain (played by Brand) makes it his mission to steal the Psammead for himself.
The mythical IT, voiced by Michael Caine, is designed by acclaimed creature creators Brian and Wendy Froud. Brian is the conceptual character designer for Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth and Wendy is the original creator of Star Wars’ Yoda. The digitally created Psammead used in the film is being built by creature effects company MILK – the company behind the Oscar winning visual effects in Ex Machina.
The film is boosted by an established below-the-line production team that includes two-time Primetime Emmy Award and BAFTA nominated editor, Alex Mackie (CBS’ “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Netflix’s “The Crown”, RKO 281) and Primetime Emmy Award nominated director of photography, John Pardue (Roadside Attractions’ Finding Your Feet, The Girl, BBC’s “Luther”).
T&B Media Global’s Dr. Ahriyavraromp commented, “children’s stories play an important role in a child’s life. From simply entertaining for a few hours to introducing ideas of good and bad, right and wrong, the stories help form and support a child’s view of the world. When our team read the script, we just knew that this story needed to be told in a visual medium. With the talent of Michael, Paula, Russell, and Matthew bringing this story to life, it is our hope that children around the world will enjoy this soon-to be timeless classic.”
The film is based on Jacqueline Wilson’s retelling of the classic story Five Children and It written by E. Nesbit in 1902. Four Children and It was published in 2012 as part of the Puffin Classics 30 year celebration. Jacqueline Wilson is a celebrated children’s author whose titles have sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. Multiple books written by Wilson have appeared on the list of the 100 most popular books in the UK and she was named the most borrowed author in Britain’s libraries for six consecutive years.
About T&B Media Global T&B Media Global, helmed by Thailand’s very own storyteller, Dr. Jwanwat Ahriyavraromp, finances and manages the finest, most innovative content from around the globe. T&B seeks to bring unique and joyful entertainment to audiences worldwide by nurturing a culture of creativity and passion for excellence in all the storytellers it invests in.