But the bottom line is that moviemakers still have to tell good stories to keep people in their seats. How do Granat and Flaherty find success in getting families into theaters? They credit a secret weapon: librarians.Yeah, team! Since they’re listening to us, apparently, what book should they make into a movie next? My money is still on The Wizard, The Witch, and Two Girls From Jersey, starring Vanessa Anne Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale, because it reads like a movie now. It would be so easy to adapt it and then throw in two hot teen stars. And I only want to be invited to the premiere for the idea.
“It’s such an obvious place to look, but Hollywood never looks there,” Flaherty says.
Walden has staff members in Boston who make contact with hundreds of thousands of teachers, students, and librarians each year to find out what kids are reading. (The movie “Holes,” for example, grew out of a Pennsylvania teacher’s comment that her pupils loved the book.) “We go to 24 conferences a year... heavily focused on librarians, because who knows stories better than librarians,” says Flaherty.
Posted by MotherReader at 4:17 PM
In reading a Washington Post article about a film company, Walden Media, that has found its calling in producing movies for kids, I found this quote: