Nickelodeon has set the cast and started production on new original TV movie Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. School of Rock‘s Breanna Yde stars along with Casey Simpson (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn), Russell Roberts (The Twilight Saga: New Moon) and newcomers AJ Rivera and Klarke Pipkin. Production is underway in Vancouver, with a premiere set for 2017.
Based on Chris Grabenstein’s children’s book, the movie is about a group of friends whose overnight stay in their town’s new high-tech library turns into a daring, dangerous adventure of escape. Originally was published in 2013 by Random House Children’s Books, it topped the New York Times Best-Seller list for 94 weeks. Brian Jarvis & Jim Freeman and Alex Reid penned the adaptation and Scott McAboy directs.
The logline: World-renowned gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello (Roberts) has built his latest creation: a state-of-the-art library filled with whimsical and eccentric rooms, where hardcover books fly kids to shelves in the sky and massive doors open into fantastical worlds. Kyle Keeley, Lemoncello’s biggest fan, is chosen to be one of the first to experience the fun, along with his best friend Akimi, a bookworm named Sierra (Pipkin), a goofball named Peckelman (Rivera), his rival Chiltington (Ty Nicolas Consiglio), and others. The kids must use their minds to complete riddles and collect clues that lead them out of this unique playground of imagination. When excitement turns to jeopardy, this world of wonder begins to spiral out of control as literary characters run amok and chaos ensues. It’s up to the kids to make everything right again or else they won’t be the only ones escaping.
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library joins Nick’s original TV movie slate that includes Legends of the Hidden Temple, an action-adventure movie based on the network’s ’90s game show, premiering in November; and Rufus 2, a sequel to Nick’s hit TV movie, featuring Henry Danger star Jace Norman and scheduled to air in 2017.
Jim Head, Scott McAboy (Splitting Adam) and Michael Sammaciccia will serve as executive producers of Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Amy Sydorick will serve as producer. The TV movie was written by Brian Jarvis & Jim Freeman and Alex Reid, and will be directed by Scott McAboy.