BREAKING: It’s one big happy Weiner family. The Littlest Bigfoot, author Jennifer Weiner’s latest book for kids, will be made into an animated feature by Chris Bender (We’re the Millers) and Jennifer’s brother Jake Weiner (Leap Year), courtesy of 20th Century Fox Animation in a deal that was negotiated by another in the Weiner family, brother Joe. The IP seems set for a sequel as the author is writing the next installment called Little Bigfoot, Big City; that one comes out in November 2017.
The Littlest Bigfoot is the story of a two 12-year-old girls – one human, one Bigfoot – both desperately out of place in their own worlds but who find each other and fight to keep the hidden Bigfoot world safe. The book was published on September 13 by Aladdin Books (a division of Simon & Schuster) and is the first in what is set to be a middle-grade trilogy.
Bender and Jake Weiner will produce via the newly launched Good Fear Film production company, and Jennifer Weiner will serve as executive producer. Andrea Miloro will oversee the project at Fox Animation.
Jennifer Weiner has a solid following. She is a New York Times bestselling author of 14 books with more than 13M copies in print in 36 countries – including Good in Bed and In Her Shoes, which was turned into a 2005 feature also from 20th Century Fox. That one starred Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine. She also penned Who Do You Love and a forthcoming memoir Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing.
Joe Weiner of Miloknay Weiner, Joanna Pulcini of Joanna Pulcini Literary Management and Good Fear represent Jennifer Weiner. Allison Binder of Stone Genow represents Good Fear.
Weiner has more than 105K fans on Facebook and 129K Twitter followers.